WATERBURY, Conn. (WTNH) – The state of Connecticut is experiencing drought like conditions and there’s been little rainfall. Now Waterbury’s Mayor is asking residents to watch how water they are using and voluntarily conserve.
There are various ways to conserve water. You should do things like fix leaking pipes and fixtures, run only full loads of dishwashers and washing machines, rinse all hand-washed dishes together, turn off water while brushing your teeth or shaving, and most importantly limit the amount of outside water use.
The city Water Department monitors its water levels daily. Water Superintendent Chris Bogucki reported the usable capacity as of Sept. 22 was at 55% – or 201 days of supply. “As you may know, the state Department of Public Health issued a statewide drought advisory in June due to a lack of rainfall,” Mayor O’Leary said. “Over the course of the summer, we have continued to experience below normal rainfall. So we are asking Waterbury customers and the other town water departments supplied by our water system to help us voluntarily conserve water.”
The Water Department has drought triggers in their Emergency Contingency Plan that require notice when the usable storage reaches certain levels based on the time of year