Water Authority: Today’s rain no “drought-buster”

Water levels are low at this reservoir in Shelton (WTNH / Geore Roelofsen)


NEW HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH) — How much good did today’s rain do for our shrinking reservoirs? Well, it kept them from shrinking any further, but this was not a drought-busting storm, according to the Regional Water Authority.

That doesn’t mean we are in bad shape for our water supply. We had such a wet winter and spring that it has only been the past few weeks that the Authority’s reservoirs have dipped below their long-term average. But because we went through such a dry spell all summer long, today’s rain is not going to fill up the reservoirs. They really only took in the rain that fell directly on them.

Those reservoirs are supposed to fill up more than that because the rain should hit the acres of land around them and run off into the reservoirs. Trouble is, all that land was so dry, all those acres just soaked up this rain like a sponge.

“It just made it go up two inches on the lake itself,” according to John Triana of the Regional Water Authority. “We have not seen any influence from runoff because the land is still soaking that water up.”

The good news is, the couple of inches we did get today should be enough to saturate the ground. That means any more rain we get over the next few days should then run off and start filling all those reservoirs for real.

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