Manchester asks residents to voluntarily conserve water


MANCHESTER, Conn. (WTNH)– A dry stretch of weather is causing problems with the water supply in Manchester.

You don’t have to tell Ralph how dry it is in Connecticut.

“I look like pig pen in the cartoons with the cloud of dust going all over,” said Ralph Hamilton, Manchester.

In Manchester the water levels have dropped to about 75 percent, so according to their drought contingency plan they are asking people to voluntarily watch their water.

LINK: Water Conservation Alert

“We just haven’t gotten the rain that we have needed over the last three months, so what are you asking residence to do. Basically think about the water that they use, conserve when they can,” said Patrick Kearney, Water and Sewer Administrator.

All of the rocks and grass normally are underwater when the reservoir is full but now it very shallow.  That is why they are asking the people in town to conserve.

“We try to conserve water and as you can see these are the results the lawn is paying the price, right,” said Hamilton.

LINK: Simple Ways to Conserve Water

But with the dry conditions come fire hazards, something else that can drain the towns water supply, a big fire like the one that happened two weeks ago can impact the water level. And right now the state is at a moderate fire danger but that could change.

“Seven days out, with no real rain in site we are creeping toward high, which is uncommon for the fall for Connecticut,” said Chris Martin, DEEP.

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