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North Carolina Drought Advisory

Released: June 25, 2015

The North Carolina Drought Advisory issued by the Drought Management Advisory Council has been updated to reflect drought conditions on June 23, 2015 indicated on the weekly U.S. Drought Monitor of North Carolina.  Until further notice, the NCDMAC strongly urges the implementation of drought response actions, for all water users located in or dependent on water resources from the areas of the state experiencing the following drought conditions:

  • (D1) Moderate drought conditions.
  • (DO) Impending drought conditions (abnormally dry conditions).

County Drought Classification

If the US Drought Monitor of NC shows more than one drought designation in a county, the drought intensity classification for each county published by the North Carolina Drought Management Advisory Council is the highest drought designation that applies to at least twenty five percent (25%) of the land area of a county.

Drought Classification and Response Actions

D1 - Moderate Drought

The NCDMAC advises all water users in the counties that are indicated on the US Drought Monitor Map as suffering from Moderate Drought (D1) conditions to enact the following precautions in addition to previous advisories until further notice:

  • Adhere to local water use restrictions.
  • Participate, as appropriate, in regional and local coordination for the management of water resources.
  • Stay informed on drought conditions and advisories (www.ncdrought.org).
  • Project water needs and available water supply for a ninety day period from the issuance of this advisory.
  • Assess your vulnerability to the drought conditions and adjust water usage to prolong available supply.
  • Inspect water delivery system components (e.g. irrigation lines, fixtures, processing equipment, water system lines, etc.), repair leaks and ensure that existing equipment is operating as efficiently as possible.
  • Minimize nonessential uses of water.
  • Implement available public awareness and educational outreach programs emphasizing the need to conserve water.

D0 - Abnormally Dry

The NCDMAC requests all water users in the counties that are indicated on the US Drought Monitor Map as suffering from Abnormally Dry (D0) conditions to closely monitor their water supply source for diminished capacity and take precautions to prepare for impending drought conditions.

  • Review and be prepared to implement your Water Shortage Response Plans at the appropriate time.
  • Participate, as appropriate, in regional and local coordination for the management of water resources.
  • Stay informed on drought conditions and advisories (www.ncdrought.org).

Counties Under Current Advisory

D1 - Moderate Drought

Alexander County
Burke County
Cabarrus County
Caldwell County
Catawba County
Cleveland County
Davie County
Forsyth County
Gaston County
Iredell County
Lincoln County
McDowell County
Mecklenburg County
Polk County
Rowan County
Rutherford County
Stokes County
Surry County
Wilkes County
Yadkin County

Total: 20

D0 - Abnormally Dry

Alamance County
Alleghany County
Anson County
Ashe County
Avery County
Bladen County
Buncombe County
Caswell County
Chatham County
Cherokee County
Clay County
Columbus County
Cumberland County
Davidson County
Durham County
Edgecombe County
Franklin County
Graham County
Granville County
Guilford County
Halifax County
Harnett County
Henderson County
Hoke County
Johnston County
Lee County
Macon County
Madison County
Mitchell County
Montgomery County
Moore County
Nash County
Northampton County
Orange County
Person County
Randolph County
Richmond County
Robeson County
Rockingham County
Sampson County
Scotland County
Stanly County
Swain County
Union County
Vance County
Wake County
Warren County
Watauga County
Wayne County
Wilson County
Yancey County

Total: 51