Severe drought grips the area, little relief forecasted - WECT, weather & sports Wilmington, NC

Severe drought grips the area, little relief forecasted

SOUTHEASTERN, NC (WECT) - New Hanover, Brunswick, and Pender counties are now experiencing a Severe Drought, according to the North Carolina Drought Management Advisory Council.

Columbus and Bladen are under the Moderate Drought classification. 

The rain gauge at the Wilmington International Airport is now behind -7.36" for the year.  Some locations across eastern North Carolina are behind as much as 10" from normal values.

In fact, during the month of May ILM recorded only 5 days with measurable precipitation.

The NC Drought Monitor is requesting implementing Water Shortage Response Plans, if not already enacted.

  • Stay informed on drought conditions and advisories (
  • Participate, as appropriate, in regional and local coordination for the management of water resources.
  • Reexamine water delivery systems to minimize water loss and maximize water use efficiency.
  • Eliminate nonessential uses of water.
  • Evaluate the feasibility of incorporating water reuse, reclamation and/or recycling into daily operations.
  • Seek to reduce water usage by, at least, the same percentage as the percent differential between normal seasonal water supply availability and the actual water supply availability resulting from current drought conditions.

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