Outdoor Watering Restrictions Now Tighter — Even Using Hand-Held Hoses Now Banned

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 Aquarion Water Company, working in cooperation with town and city officials in Greenwich, Stamford, New Canaan, and Darien, is implementing a mandatory ban on the use of outdoor watering devices, including irrigation systems, sprinklers, soaker hoses, and hand-held hoses. This ban is effective immediately.

Aquarion Water Company personnel started going door-to-door in Darien beginning this past weekend to encourage compliance.

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an announcement from the Darien Police Department, slightly edited, and which adds the second paragraph above and the “Safety reminder” at the bottom to this announcement from Aquarion.

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Aquarion will be reminding customers about the watering ban with automated phone calls. Outdoor watering activities using a hand-held hose are now included in the mandatory watering ban.

“We are telling our customers to turn off their irrigation systems and sprinklers for the season,” said Charles V. Firlotte, Aquarion President and CEO. “We are doing this to ensure that we have an adequate water supply for everyday use and fire protection.”

AquarionConnecticut’s drought level has recently been upgraded to a “severe drought” for most of the state due to an extended dry spell, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). With below average rainfall and extremely high water demand, water levels in Aquarion’s reservoirs are continuing to decline.

Previously, customers had been asked to voluntarily conserve through notices and automated phone messages, but there has been no decrease in use.

Safety Reminder:

Water Company employees will NOT ask to enter your residence.  Be aware of individuals posing as legitimate workers who may try to gain access to your residence for the purpose of committing crimes.

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See also:

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Authorized water company personnel will be wearing Aquarion uniforms, will have proper, visible  Aquarion identification, and will be operating well-marked Aquarion Water Company vehicles.

If there is ever a doubt, call Aquarion Water Co. at  203-445-7310 or the Darien Police at 203-662-5300

Editor’s note: Darienite.com rearranged the first two paragraphs in the police announcement.

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Cameron: Metro-North Doesn’t Give Citations to Riders Violating Masking Rules

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Despite promises to keep their passengers safe during the pandemic, data from Metro-North Police shows that not a single citation was issued to violators of the facemask rule on the commuter railroad in the last nine months.

— an announcement from The Commuter Action Group

“Kudos to CTExaminer.com reporter Brendan Crowley for his FOI request for this
data, filed in late May,” said Jim Cameron of The Commuter Action Group.

“As an advocate for riders’ interest I’ve heard almost daily reports of unmasked riders on trains… reported details to the railroad and seen no action taken. This data confirms their ‘safety measures’ were a sham.”

As the CTExaminer reported today:

Transit workers have issued 38 summons for refusing to wear a mask on
public transit since MTA instituted fines on Sept. 14, 2020 — that number
includes riders on New York City subways and buses, and the Long Island
Railroad Since the beginning of 2020, MTA reported that it had issued 772
citations on Metro-North trains, but none for failing to wear masks.

Failing to wear a mask can result in a $50 fine in New York and $100 in
Connecticut.

“The railroad has spent more money on PR and social media campaigns than
enforcement of this simple safeguard: requiring and enforcing mask-wearing
compliance on all trains as ordered by the TSA,” said Cameron.

“They’ve sanitized car interiors and added UV radiation treatments of the HVAC,
when all it took was a 10 cent facemask to protect riders. What good are all the
masks they’ve handed out on trains if they don’t enforce their wearing?”

“Conductors have no trouble getting people to keep their feet off the seats, so
enforcing a rule to keep people alive shouldn’t be difficult. If you smoke a
cigarette on a train, you’d be booted off. But endanger everyone’s health by not
wearing a mask — there’s zero consequence. That’s wrong.

“These are federal rules, and they should be enforced.”

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