Drought Resources

Maine Emergency Management Agency has set up a survey to collect information on dry wells, which will help them understand where the issues are in the state and on what scale. Citizens with dry wells are encouraged to report them here, or by calling 2-1-1. Please note: Reporting a dry well does not mean they will receive aid or that aid is available. This is for information gathering only.

A drought is a prolonged period without rain, specifically a twelve month period during which precipitation is less than 85% of normal as defined by the National Weather Service; 44 inches is the average precipitation level per year for Maine.

Drought is a period of below-average precipitation in a given region, resulting in prolonged shortages in its water supply. This can include atmospheric, surface water, or groundwater.

A weekly drought monitor is produced jointly by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the U.S. Department of Agriculture, and the National Drought Mitigation Center at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

Slightly more than half of Maine residents are served by a public water district, the rest depend on private wells for their household water.

Resources to contact during a water shortage

If your water comes from a public water supply, the advice that comes from your water utility should always be your first guide to home water use.If you have a private well, often you are as much concerned with avoiding a temporary over-withdrawal from your well, which can damage your pump and necessitate expensive repairs.