Waterbury’s water restrictions impacting city businesses

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

WATERBURY, Conn. (WTNH) — The City of Waterbury is under a drought warning, and mandatory restrictions are in place to reduce water usage. News 8 caught up with local restaurants that are doing their part to conserve water.

Louis Burch with Citizens Campaign for the Environment said, “Connecticut right now is in a state of severe drought. About two-thirds of the state are actually dealing with water supply challenges. Many of the big water companies have asked residents and consumers to conserve. Which is why you are seeing restaurants and businesses now actually moving towards conserving water.”

Pia DeRosa, the owner of Domenick & Pia said, “When we wash the pots and pans we scrape first then we rinse.”

Conserving water has always been part of business at Domenick & Pia. Servers hand out paper plates instead of washing dishes.

Pouring glasses of water without the customer asking is a thing of the past at San Marino’s Italian Restaurant.

Elson Kacani, manager at San Marino Ristorante Italiano said, “We’re not actually putting glasses of water to every person that comes in without asking them.”

Kacani said every glass of water adds up. “So you are looking at 200 people a night at times and that is 200 glasses of water at 8 ounces a glass of water that equates to a lot of gallons,” added Kacani.

Burch said, “Water is certainly a finite resource and once again as we start to deal with water supply challenges all over the country it becomes obvious that our water resources here in Connecticut are going to be very important.”