Some parts of Connecticut are in a drought. Residents of Litchfield County towns are experiencing Stage 2 Drought conditions. Under the state’s plan adopted in 2018, Stage 2 is the previously used “Drought Advisory” stage and identifies an emerging drought event, potentially impacting water supplies, agriculture, or natural ecosystems. The Advisory panel says the state must begin early steps now to mitigate the potential for harm should the drought become prolonged. Litchfield County residents are being asked to voluntarily reduce automatic outdoor irrigation, minimize overall water use by fixing leaky plumbing and fixtures and postpone the planting of any new lawns or vegetation. Stage 2 is the second of five stages of drought defined in the Connecticut Drought Response and Preparedness Plan.