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Aquarion Asks Customers to Cut Water Consumption by 20%

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With Connecticut’s drought only increasing in severity, Aquarion Water Company is urging customers throughout the southwestern part of the state to cut back on indoor water use by 20 percent. From Bridgeport to Greenwich, Aquarion’s reservoirs are between 15 and 60 percent of capacity. The company has been building temporary pipelines to balance the supply among its reservoirs. ______________
— an announcement from Aquarion Water Co. ______________
However, no end to the dry weather pattern is in sight, and state authorities are also seeking major reductions in usage.


Tips on How to Save Water

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Here’s a slew of tips on how to use less water in your household:

These tips are from this Web page on the Aquarion Water Company website:

Throughout your house

Fix leaky faucets. This one step alone could cut your water usage by almost 20 percent. Here’s how to check for leaks. For bathrooms:

Get inexpensive, water-saving aerators for your sinks. Replace shower heads with water-efficient models.

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State Declares Public Water Supply Emergency for Darien, Nearby Communities

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With drought conditions persisting and too little precipitation forecast for the foreseeable future, Connecticut Department of Public Health Commissioner Dr. Raul Pino today signed an order declaring a temporary 30-day public water supply emergency for four Fairfield County towns served by Aquarion Water Company (AWC): Greenwich, Stamford, Darien and New Canaan. Aquarion’s water issues are also affecting several towns in nearby Westchester County, N.Y., who are also served by AWC: Rye, Ryebrook and Port Chester. DPH is working closely with the New York State Health Department and the Westchester County Health Department to ensure an adequate water supply for all seven towns. The rarely used declaration was requested by AWC to allow the company to divert water from other sources of supply to the four Connecticut towns which are facing a substantial depletion of their public water supply as a result of ongoing drought conditions. DPH, in consultation with the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) and the Public Utility Regulatory Authority (PURA), determined that the declaration was necessary to prevent further depletion of the water supply.


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. _____________

— 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. _____________

Aquarion will be reminding customers about the watering ban with automated phone calls.