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Mayor Warns New York Could Become Dry Town

January 28, 2002|From Times Wire Reports

New Yorkers must conserve water or face possible shortages brought on by this winter's unusually warm and dry weather, Mayor Michael Bloomberg said.

"There are not a lot of storms on their way as far as we can tell, so this is a problem that is going to get worse," Bloomberg said.

New York City has been on a drought watch since Dec. 23, meaning there is less than a 50% chance that the city's reservoirs will be full by June 1.

A drought warning would be declared if there's less than a one-third chance the reservoirs will be filled by June 1.

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