As a result of continuing high temperatures and limited rainfall, the Energy and Environment Cabinet have announced a water shortage watch for 27 counties in Kentucky – including Franklin County.
Residents should closely monitor local news sources for notification from water suppliers on reducing demands for water, the cabinet said in a press release issued Friday morning.
A Water Shortage Watch is issued when drought conditions have the potential to threaten the normal availability of drinking water supply sources. Officials at the Kentucky Division of Water study rainfall amounts, reservoir levels, streamflows, the Palmer Drought Index and the Drought Monitor when determining drought status.
The following counties in Central Kentucky meet the criteria to be included in the water watch: Anderson, Bourbon, Clark, Estill, Fayette, Franklin, Garrard, Harrison, Jessamine, Lincoln, Madison, Mercer, Nicholas, Scott and Woodford.
“An exceptionally dry June throughout the state coupled with some record-high temperatures over the past week have caused drought conditions to intensify and spread eastward to cover most of Kentucky,” state climatologist Stuart Foster said in today’s press release.
“The current situation is reminiscent of 1988, while there are some indications that persistence of the current hot and dry pattern that would trigger comparisons to droughts from the 1930s.”