Historical Drought & Water Consumption Data

New York City Drought Data

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 DateStorage
Percentage
1963-65 Drought
Conservation Campaign: 11/1/63  
Conservation Ends: 5/1/64  
Intense Campaign: 4/1/65  
1980-82 Drought
Watch: 10/16/80  
Warning: 11/6/80  
Emergency (Stage I): 1/19/81 33%
  (Stage II): 4/1/81  
  (Modified): 5/27/81  
Warning (Downgrade): 1/18/82 <68%
Watch: 11/30/82 51%
Warning: 1/18/82  
1985 Drought
Watch: 2/25/85 50%
Warning: 4/3/85 59%
Emergency (Stage I): 4/26/85 62%
  (Stage II): 6/5/85 61%
  (Stage III): 7/10/85 55%
Warning (Downgrade): 11/27/85 63%
Normal: 2/25/86 85%
1989 Drought
Watch: 1/17/89 58%
Emergency (Stage II): 3/22/89 55%
  (Stage III): 5/1/89 71%
Normal: 5/15/89 90%
1991 Drought
Watch: 9/25/91 53%
Warning: 11/8/91 45%
1995 Drought
Watch: 7/5/95 84%
Warning: 9/13/95 58%
Ended: 11/14/95  
2002 Drought
Watch: 12/23/01 44.4%
Warning: 1/27/02 41.5%
Emergency (Stage I): 4/1/02 57.5%
Watch: 11/1/02 68.4%
Ended: 1/3/03 90.4%

New York City Water Consumption Data

YearNYC Consumption
(MGD)*
Per Capita
(GPD per person)**
2020 981.0 117.67
2019 987.4 118.44
2018 1008.0 120.14
2017 990.2 117.36
2016 1002.0 118.31
2015 1009.0 119.22
2014 996.0 118.10
2013 1006.1 119.83
2012 1009.1 120.90
2011 1021.0 123.41
2010 1039.0 127.09
2009 1007.5 123.49
2008 1098.0 134.86
2007 1114.0 137.11
2006 1069.0 131.84
2005 1138.0 140.64
2004 1099.5 136.16
2003 1093.7 135.72
2002 1135.6 141.21
2001 1184.0 147.54
2000 1240.4 154.89
1999 1237.2 155.67
1998 1219.5 155.19
1997 1205.5 155.08
1996 1297.9 168.61
1995 1325.7 173.68
1994 1357.7 179.34
1993 1368.5 182.32
1992 1368.6 184.23
1991 1469.3 199.24
1990 1423.8 194.09
1989 1401.7 190.86
1988 1483.9 201.79
1987 1446.5 197.00
1986 1350.7 184.54
1985 1325.8 182.26
1984 1465.0 202.5
1983 1423.8 198.27
1982 1382.4 194.45
1981 1309.3 184.69
1980 1505.9 212.95
1979 1512.4 212.95

* MGD = Million Gallons Per Day.

** Based on New York City Census population. GPD = Gallons Per Day.