CLINTON, Conn. (WTNH) — The continued dry weather and drought conditions in Connecticut has one water company asking customers to reduce their water usage by up to 15%.
In July, the Connecticut Water Company encouraged all customers to cut their use of water by 10%. Now, customers in Guilford, Madison, Clinton, Westbrook and Old Saybrook are asked to voluntarily reduce their water usage by 15%.
“We currently have an adequate supply of water for our customers’ needs, but we are taking these steps to ensure we will continue to have enough water for those needs should the drought continue,” said Director of Service Delivery David A. Connors.
The U.S. Drought monitor reports that 85% of the state of Connecticut is considered to be in a severe drought.
Connecticut Water says that while water supplies in reservoirs are lower than normal, the company also has groundwater supplies in operation to stop sole dependence on solely the reservoirs for water.
Connecticut Water says it will continue to monitor water demands and will modify its request for water conservation measures accordingly.
A list of things customers can do to ensure water conservation are:
- Stop watering lawns
- Shut-off automatic irrigation systems
- Sweep patios, driveways and sidewalks rather than using a hose on paved surfaces.
- Turn off the water when brushing teeth or shaving
- Fix leaks, a faucet that drips can waste up to 3,280 gallons of water per year
- Check for silent toilet leaks which can waste large quantities of water