Citizens, businesses asked to cut water usage because of drought

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH) — Three straight years of below-normal precipitation have led us to this, where the state is asking residents and businesses to conserve water usage.

Monitoring water usage is an everyday thing at Personal Touch Car Wash.

“We use reclaimed water with some fresh water. So a lot of water will recycle here in the facility,” said Mike Pervis, manager of Personal Touch on Foxon Boulevard in New Haven.

During times of abundance it’s easy to overlook routine things like a car wash, but with an abnormally hot and dry summer, most of the state is now officially under a drought watch. Even the beneficial rain and snow from Thursday wasn’t enough to make much of a difference.

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“Precipitation was about 60 to 70 percent of normal amounts,” Governor Dan Malloy said Friday. “And that’s after a winter extremely dry in and of itself.”

For the first time ever, the state declared the six western counties under a drought watch. The two easternmost counties of Windham and New London are under a drought advisory.

“Groundwater levels have been below normal for several months across the state,” said Dave Levasseur, chair of the Interagency Drought Workgroup. “Many of the state’s monitoring wells are at or near record lows.”

State officials are asking people and businesses to voluntarily cut water usage by 15 percent in the drought-affected counties. For a car wash like Personal Touch, it also just makes good business sense to use as little as possible.

“The less of fresh water we’re using, the more money we could save as a business of course,” Pervis said.

Simple ways to cut water consumption in the home include turning off the water while brushing your teeth or hand-washing dishes. And to take shorter showers.

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