The Maryland Department of the Environment is issuing a drought watch for most residents on the Eastern Shore.
The watch covers all of the Eastern Shore except for Cecil County, and it's an effort to conserve water because of a lack of rainfall in recent months. Department officials are urging residents to be aware of their water usage, and when possible, use less water.
Scientists say rainfall in the region for the first three months of the year has been about 60 percent of normal levels. The department is monitoring water supplies, groundwater levels and reservoir storage as well as encouraging conservation. So far there are no plans to restrict water usage
So far, water conditions are normal in the rest of the state, according to MDE officials.