Drought Number Increase…Why Does it Matter to You?


NEW HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH) — Even though we did get to see some much needed rain over the last week, our drought status has remained unchanged for our state. The rainfall deficit continues to increase, and 86 percect of Connecticut is now in a severe drought, but is the lack of rain making a difference for you? If you have a well, absolutely!

Joe Vicidomino of Greco and Haines noted, “The major issue that we’re seeing right now are the people with the old style hand dug wells. Those are maybe 20/30 feet tops. Those are the people that are having a lot of issues because they may have 8 or 12 inches of water and that’s what they have to use throughout the course of the day. Once they run out of that it takes another 8 or 12 hours to come back in.”

A new pump can cost you thousands of dollars and if it’s never happened to you before, it does not mean it can’t ever happen. The best advice…common sense!

Know the limitations of your well…once you do that you can live normally in the drought. You just have to be careful and cognizant of what you’re doing.

If that has never happened to you because you’re lucky enough to get your water from a reservoir, wasting water could spell trouble down the line.

Thomas Barger, Manager of Water Quality and Treatment from the Regional Water Authority said, “We’re hopeful that mother nature will cooperate but there are things that we can do and that’s what we’re asking our consumers to assist us with.”

And according to the Regional Water Authority, being proactive is key!

Now is the time to do it and we’re confident our consumers are going to step forward and help us in this effort.

For a list of tips for conserving water at your home, the RWA has a link you can CHECK OUT HERE

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