Aquarion Water Company, working in cooperation with town and city officials in Darien, Greenwich, Stamford and New Canaan, is implementing a mandatory ban on the use of outdoor watering devices, including irrigation systems, sprinklers, and soaker hoses. This ban is effective immediately. Aquarion will be reminding customers about the watering ban with automated phone calls. Outdoor watering activities using a hand-held hose will be allowed for the time being. “We are telling our customers to turn off their irrigation systems and sprinklers for the season,” said Charles V. Firlotte, Aquarion President and CEO.
Aquarion Water Company, working in cooperation with town and city officials in Greenwich, Stamford, New Canaan and Darien, is encouraging its customers to conserve water by not watering lawns through this Sunday, Aug. 21, due to the recent rain. Customers are also urged to limit lawn irrigation to a maximum of twice a week (any two days) for the remainder of the season. This applies to irrigation systems, hose-end sprinklers, and soaker hoses, while use of a hand-held hoses for watering is acceptable at any time. Aquarion will be reminding customers about water conservation with automated phone calls as well. “We are asking our customers in Greenwich, Stamford, New Canaan and Darien to continue to conserve water and reduce non-essential outdoor water use,” said Charles V. Firlotte, Aquarion President and CEO.
With a lack of significant rainfall, and as a result of the Connecticut Department of Public Health’s advisory for water conservation, Aquarion Water Company is asking its customers to conserve water and reduce non-essential outdoor water use. Connecticut is currently experiencing conditions ranging from “abnormally dry” to “moderate drought” due to an extended dry spell, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). With below average rainfall and extremely high water demand compared to the same period last year, Aquarion’s reservoirs and wells are below normal capacity. __________
— an announcement Thursday from Aquarion Water Company
As a result, Aquarion is requesting customers reduce outdoor water use by limiting lawn irrigation to a maximum of twice a week (customers can select any two days) if they are using an irrigation system or hose-end sprinkler. Use of a hand-held hose for watering is allowed at any time.
Aquarion Water Co. announced early Wednesday afternoon that a water main ruptured under Runkenhage Road. The main was expected to be repaired by 4:30 p.m., according to the 1:11 p.m. announcement. About 15 customers on Runkenhage, Cross and Coves End roads and Tokeneke Trail were affected (links are meant to show roads, not exact locations on them). “During and after the outage event, some customers may experience discolored water,” the announcement said.
The water main appears to have been fixed. Aquarion no longer has the notice about it on its website. Update, 1:42 p.m.:
The water main has not yet been fixed, according to Aquarion Water Co., which at 1:18 p.m. updated its original announcement without changing it. Original article, 11:19 a.m.:
A 12-inch-diameter water main pipe near 283 Noroton Ave. was reported ruptured at 8:38 a.m. Thursday, according to Aquarion Water Co., and is expected to be repaired between 12:30 and 2:30 p.m.
About 25 water customers on Noroton Avenue, Bouton Lane and Pine Street were affected by the pipe rupture. Water pipes are more frequent in either severely cold weather or when the weather goes from below freezing to warmer temperatures, according to Aquarion.
Aquarion Water Co. announced Friday that water on various streets in town (see list, below) may discolor water and create low water pressure for short periods this coming Tuesday through Friday. Here’s the announcement:
Aquarion will be performing fire flow tests between 9 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 16 thru Friday, Feb. 19, weather permitting.
At pretty much the last minute (4:37 p.m., Monday), Aquarion Water Co. announced (only on its website, or perhaps in some kind of communication with residents?) that “fire flow tests” would be performed this week on water mains along Tokeneke Road and other nearby streets. Among the roads where the water mains are being tested: Old Kings Highway (the announcement doesn’t specify whether north or south), Driftway Lane, Tokeneke Trail, Hope Drive, Delafield Island Road, Five Mile River Road, Renshaw Road (where Town Hall is located), Goodwives River Road, Sunswyck Road and from 1302 to 1416 Post Road (approximately). The tests started Tuesday, last about an hour and take place any time between 9 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. They’re expected to end on Friday. While the test is going on, Aquarion advises, “you may experience low water pressure or mild discoloration of the water. Any residual discoloration will be addressed quickly.”
A drought continues across Connecticut, but water demand remains higher than average, Aquarion Water Co. says as it urges residents to conserve more. One way of doing so is turning off sprinkler and irrigation systems — one of the suggestions in a news release from the company (republished below). In Darien Town Hall, the water company has a free “water conservation kit” (see attached picture) that includes a small “low-flow aerator” device you can screw onto a faucet. “A faucet aerator is one of the most effective water saving devices you can use in your home,” according to a brochure in the conservation kit.
Aquarion Water Company is asking customers to conserve water since rainfall has been scarce recently and reservoirs and wells are getting low. Here’s the announcement (on the Darien town government website) from Aquarion:
With a lack of significant rainfall, and as a result of the Connecticut Department of Public Health’s advisory for voluntary water conservation, Aquarion Water Company is asking its customers to voluntarily conserve water and stop nonessential outdoor water use. Connecticut is currently experiencing conditions ranging from “abnormally dry” to “moderate drought” due to an extended dry spell, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). With below average rainfall and water demand 9.3% higher this season compared to the same period last year, and using over 9 million gallons more per day, Aquarion’s reservoirs and wells are below normal capacity “Due to current conditions, Aquarion is advising customers to voluntarily reduce their water use,” said Charles V. Firlotte, Aquarion President and CEO. “It is important for all of our customers to assist in this effort, to ensure everyone in our entire at-large community has the water they need, when they need it.”
Aquarion recommends ways to use water more efficiently, while helping conservation efforts:
Consider shutting off irrigations systems for the season or reduce irrigation to twice a week.
The water utility serving Darien, Stamford and much of the surrounding area will be testing water samples on Wednesday to try to gauge whether the “musty” taste and odor in some of the water is increasing or decreasing, a spokesman said. Customers in the southern portion of Darien as well as in parts of Stamford experienced the “musty” taste and odor of tap water in the past two weeks, from the North Stamford Reservoir that provides water to those two areas, said Peter Fazekas, a spokesman for Aquarion Water Co. (The northern part of Darien gets its water from a different source in Bridgeport, he said. Areas of Greenwich that experienced a similar problem get their water from the Mianus Reservoir, and the situation has vastly improved there, “to the point where it’s almost not an issue,” Fazekas said.)
Update, 3:34 p.m.:
The “unpleasant taste and odor” in some Darien and Stamford tap water is caused by a problem in a Stamford reservoir, said Peter Fazekas, a spokesman for Aquarion Water Co. The water utility, which has an announcement on its website about the problem, says customers experiencing an “earthy” or “musty” taste and smell in the water shouldn’t be alarmed for health reasons — the water is perfectly safe — and treatment of the water in the reservoir has started.
A six-inch water main has disrupted service in the neighborhood of Darien YMCA, the organization says, and it has announced that overnight repairs will require the Y to close down at 9:30 p.m. Wednesday. Aquarion Water Co. says the water main is in the vicinity of Seagate Road, which is just to the east of the YMCA. In a 2:07 p.m. announcement, the utility said about 20 customers were affected and repairs were expected to be complete by 5 to 7 p.m.
But the more recent YMCA announcement on Facebook, shortly after 5 p.m., has a much later timeframe. Here’s what the YMCA said:
Due to a water main break in the neighborhood, the water will need to be shut off at 9:30 PM this evening.