For the past several months, government officials and the media have warned that the state was spiraling into an ever-deepening drought. The causes were fairly obvious � more than a year of below-average rain combined with the absence of significant snowfall this winter.

While we waited for it to start raining again, reservoir levels continued to drop. In response, the Department of Environmental Protection limited lawn watering, car and boat washing and water service in restaurants. There was even discussion about prohibiting the filling of backyard swimming pools this summer.

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