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Drought watch declared in Pa.

July 18, 1997

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - Franklin and Fulton counties are among 34 counties in the Susquehanna River Basin put under a drought watch Thursday, according to a news release from the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection.

The declaration means residents in those counties are being asked to voluntarily cut back their water use by 5 percent.

A drought watch is the least severe of three drought declarations, according to DEP. The second is a drought warning and the third and most severe is a drought emergency.

A drought emergency was last declared in Pennsylvania in 1995, DEP said.

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