With rainfall totals still below normal all across Eastern Carolina, more counties are classified as being in a drought.
The latest North Carolina drought advisory shows the moderate drought has spread to Beaufort, Craven, Bertie, Chowan, Perquimans, Pasquotank, Camden and Currituck counties. In all, 21 Eastern Carolina counties have that designation, while the rest are classified as being abnormally dry.
Some locations have various water restrictions in place because of the lack of rain.
Raleigh has adopted mandatory year round conservation measures. Rocky mount, Goldsboro and Ahoskie all have voluntary restrictions in place.
Fred Hill with the North Carolina Department of Environment and Natural Resources says the situation can change quickly if residents refuse to save water. Hill says the hike in population and the lack of rain have weighed heavily on the water supply.
Hill says taking shorter showers and not running tap water for an extended amount of time can help conserve water and save money on water bills.