Pembroke Declares Water Emergency As State Drought Worsens

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PEMBROKE, Mass. (WBZ NewsRadio) — The Town of Pembroke is telling its residents to cut back on their water use or face fines. The emergency water ban comes after previous town attempts to cut back on water usage.

Pembroke officials say the town's main well water levels are so that water pressure for some local residents is coming out in a trickle, and some of the water is discolored.

The town says residents need to stop using any unnecessary water, including for filling swimming pools and watering lawns. The Pembroke Fire Department confirmed that they were no longer using fire hydrants to fight fires as of Tuesday, and will need to call in water tankers to fight fires from neighboring towns if they get too out of control.

Across Massachusetts, the state of drought is worsening. The latest data from the U.S. Drought Monitor shows that the entire northeastern portion of the state is under a severe drought, including all of Suffolk, Essex and Middlesex counties. Across the state, close to 6.5 million people are living in a drought.

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