Albany, N.Y. - The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation has expanded the drought watch for the state.
New York State is encouraging residents in affected counties, particularly those dependent on private groundwater wells, to conserve water whenever possible during the coming weeks.
The Watch includes Onondaga, Madison and Oneida counties but not Oswego county as of yet.
The counties under drought watch are available here.
A watch is the first of four levels of State drought advisories, which are watch, warning, emergency, and disaster. No mandatory restrictions are in place under a state drought watch.