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.
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.
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.
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.
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.