Drought -- National Drought Mitigation Center


Date of this Version



2014 Author


In many states there is an absence of communication between the state and local levels about many aspects of water resource management. This research examines the interaction between the state and local levels regarding water-use restrictions for public water systems (PWSs). This information is useful for state-level drought planning and mitigation through the assessment of drought impacts on public water supplies. Officials from five state-level entities that collect and disseminate local water-use restriction information were interviewed over the phone for this research. Each official was asked eleven questions about how and why their state collects and disseminates PWS water-use restriction information. The main goals of this research are gain insight into the successes and difficulties encountered by the states interviewed, and to recommend some best practices to other states based on that information.