The Eastern Shore is under a drought watch, according to the Maryland Department of the Environment.
Below-normal snow- and rainfall has the MDE closely observing precipitation, stream flow, groundwater levels and reservoir storage. But there are no restrictions being placed on water usage -- at least not yet.
MDE encourages people to be aware of their water use and to use less water. Local water jurisdictions could place restrictions, but haven't yet, according to the department. People are encouraged to install efficient toilets, shower heads and faucets; limit garden watering to the coolest part of the day; and to repair leaks.