Kentucky officials have declared a water shortage watch for 27 counties, mostly in central and western parts of the state.

Nearly all of the state outside of Jefferson and nearby counties is in some degree of drought. Many have been classified as abnormally dry, but central and northern Kentucky are in a level one drought, and the entire western part of the state is in a level two drought. That means in some places, water is becoming scarce.

The state issues water shortage watches when drought conditions could possibly threaten the availability of drinking water supplies.

People in the affected counties should be aware that they may be asked to begin conserving water. In other counties, water levels are still at acceptable levels but could begin dropping if drought conditions continue.

The 27 counties in a water shortage watch are:

  • Anderson
  • Bourbon
  • Clark
  • Crittenden
  • Estill
  • Fayette
  • Fleming
  • Franklin
  • Garrard
  • Harrison
  • Jessamine
  • Lee
  • Lincoln
  • Madison
  • Mercer
  • Monroe
  • Nicholas
  • Owen
  • Owsley
  • Pendleton
  • Robertson
  • Simpson
  • Warren
  • Scott
  • Webster
  • Whitley
  • Woodford