Experts urge consumers to use water wisely during moderate drought

- FILE - Reduced water levels in Connecticut reservoirs (WTNH)

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH) — Eighty-three percent of the state is in a moderate drought. That is a little better than this time last week when that number was at 88 percent.

“We are just a little bit below average and you’ve got to remember that an average is just an average. Half the time you are going to be a little bit above and the other time you are going to be a little bit below. So, we are just a little bit below now,” said John Triana with the South Central Connecticut Regional Authority.

According to the National Weather Service, we are roughly six inches below average rainfall for the shoreline areas. Away from the shoreline we are five inches below average for rainfall totals in January. According to the Regional Water Authority, we are getting smarter, purchasing appliances which in turn, cuts down significantly on water usage.

“It’s a reflection of you buying low-flow toilets, you are buying low-flow shower heads, you are buying more efficient washing machines and so the system, our customers use a lot less water than they ever used to,” said Triana. “It’s really amazing when you look at how much less water our system is using and that also helps the raw water side where the rain is captured.”

Although water is a renewable resource we should use it wisely.

“We want to make sure there is water there in future days, future months, and future years so we always ask people to use water wisely at all times,” said Triana.

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