The Drought Management Plan was published in September 2019 with a goal to prepare for and respond to drought conditions in 7 regions within the state. Dover is in the Southeast Region. The drought categories are based on several data indices and address nonessential outdoor watering.
Private well users are requested to voluntarily adhere to the restrictions as well as the customers of Public Water Suppliers like the Colonial Water Company.
The levels and restrictions are:
• Level 0 Normal
• Level 1 Mild Drought: 1 day/week watering 5pm - 9am
• Level 2 Significant Drought: watering limited to hand-held hoses or watering cans and only between 5pm - 9am
• Level 3 Critical Drought: ban on all nonessential outdoor water use
• Level 4 Emergency Drought: ban on all nonessential outdoor water use