Droughts, or preconditions for drought, generally occur when a combination of several severe weather phenomena are prevalent or exist in our ecosystem, such as a significant precipitation deficit, low stream flow, low ground water levels, high evaporative rates caused by prolonged high temperatures, widespread reports of water shortages, and or other factors.

During times of crisis, the Haverhill Police Department will notify the citizens of the expected actions that the City will take in cooperation with the State of Massachusetts to lessen the impact of any shortages of our water supply. Those instructions may include how an individual or family may better manage the water supply they currently have on hand, where and when an adequate supply of water will be made available, and what restrictions may be be enforced through city ordinances.