Connecticut Water issues voluntary conservation request amid drought

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drought July 26CLINTON–As we head towards the end of an eight-day heat wave, a major water company that serves much of the state is issuing a water conservation request.

On Tuesday, Connecticut Water said that due to prolonged dry conditions and a higher-than-normal demand for water, residents are being asked to reduce their water usage as much as possible.

The state is abnormally dry to a moderate drought in different parts of the state, according to a federal government drought monitor, and the water company says there’s “no indication that these weather patterns will change.”

According to Connecticut Water, the company has been using alternative sources and operational flexibility to meet customers needs, but is still requesting reduced use.

“Having an adequate supply of water for drinking, sanitation, and fire protection is Connecticut Water’s highest priority. While our supplies, overall, are in good shape, we face unique challenges with many smaller systems that rely on small local wells and in the Shoreline area where there is a seasonal influx of customers to local beach communities,” said Craig Patla, the vice president of service deliver for Connecticut Water.

Connecticut Water’s shoreline area includes Clinton, Guilford, Killingworth, Madison, Old Saybrook and Westbrook.

Here are specific tips to reduce water usage:

  • Residential customers are asked to avoid watering their lawns;
  • Businesses, municipalities, and schools are asked to avoid irrigating their grounds and ball fields;
  • Fire departments are asked to avoid using water in their training exercises; and
  • All customers are asked to promptly repair any leaks.

Connecticut Water Company serves 92,000 customers in 56 towns in Connecticut. The towns served include: Ashford, Avon, Beacon Falls, Bethany, Bolton, Brooklyn, Burlington, Canton, Chester, Clinton, Colchester, Columbia, Coventry, Deep River, Durham, East Granby, East Haddam, East Hampton, East Windsor, Ellington, Enfield, Essex, Farmington, Griswold, Guilford, Hebron, Killingly, Killingworth, Lebanon, Madison, Manchester, Mansfield, Marlborough, Middlebury, Naugatuck, Old Lyme, Old Saybrook, Plainfield, Plymouth, Portland, Prospect, Somers, South Windsor, Stafford, Stonington, Suffield, Thomaston, Thompson, Tolland, Vernon, Voluntown, Waterbury, Westbrook, Willington, Windsor Locks and Woodstock.