Worcester Drinking Water - Non-Drought Status

Reservoir Capacity as of 6/7/2017: 101.6%

Based on current conditions and improved forecasts, the City's water supply status is being upgraded out of the current Stage 1 Drought Alert to a non-drought status, effective May 22, 2017. The drought is effectively over. There are currently no mandatory restrictions on water use.

Water Storage

Worcester's reservoir capacity has shown continued improvement in recent weeks as a result of steady precipitation. The reservoir system reached an overall capacity of 96.3% on May 1, 2017. Current capacity remains slightly below the May 1st average of 100%. Below is a chart of total reservoir capacity this year.

Reservoir Capacity Trends Chart


Rainfall has been near enough to normal. We are currently less than 2" inches below normal for the year. Below is a chart of the monthly rainfall totals compared to the average amount normally seen.

Rainfall Trends Chart


Average daily consumption has remained below the comparable monthly ten-year-averages throughout the year thus far. Worcester water users' sustained efforts to reduce water consumption have been commendable throughout the drought. Below is a chart that compares the 2017 daily average consumption to the 10 year daily average consumption.

Drinking Water Consumption Chart


As we transition through spring into summer, wise water use, especially related to lawn watering, is always encouraged. Continue to check back to this webpage for updates and educational material relating to Worcester's Water Supply.

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