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Drought Watch Lifted For Metro Area

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By Greg Peppers

The drought watch that was issued for the metro area last month has been lifted.

The drought watch went into effect on Sept. 9, but due to rains from tropical storm Nicole, officials with the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments have made a decision to lift the watch.

The metro area received rain amounts that measured from 2 to 12 inches from Nicole. COG also credits area residents and businesses for helping to alleviate drought conditions by taking steps to reduce water demand and the commission says those efforts should continue.

COG is recommending, among other things, that residents and businesses use a broom instead of a hose to clean sidewalks and driveways, repair leaking toilets and wash full loads of clothes and dishes.

The commission says, overall, the flow in the Potomac River is running above long-term average levels and well above current water supply demands.

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