Greenwich, CT Carefully Monitors Water Supply

Low water levels at the Trap Falls Reservoir in Shelton (WTNH / Report-It /Ray Ostrosky)
Low water levels at the Trap Falls Reservoir in Shelton (WTNH / Report-It /Ray Ostrosky)

GREENWICH, Conn. (WTNH) – Governor Dannel Malloy asked residents statewide to reduce their water consumption and Greenwich is carefully monitoring the water supply. Reservoir levels for the Greenwich system remain low at 26.1% and groundwater levels also remain low. Last week the reservoir levels were at 26.2%.

“Residents are reminded that we are still in a water supply emergency and although we are grateful for the rain, it will take a series of rainfall events to bring us out of this drought” said First Selectman Peter Tesei. “Greenwich residents have significantly reduced demand on our water resources by complying with the outdoor water ban and I applaud their efforts. It has made a real difference during this emergency. All residents need to continue to reduce water usage to ensure that we have adequate supplies through the winter and also allow for the reservoirs and wells to recover for the spring.”

As of Nov. 2, Greenwich Police investigated 279 reports of violations of the water use ban. Police issued a total of 126 warnings and one summons for violating the ban. A summons carries a $91 fine.

The National Weather Service website shows that over the past 60 days, rainfall in Greenwich is at least 75% below normal. In October, the rainfall across much of the town averaged between 75% and 90% of normal. Normal rainfall in October for the Greenwich/Stamford region is 4.8”.

“The Town is actively monitoring drought conditions looking at rainfall data, stream flow and ground water conditions, and reservoir levels, and all indicate that our water resources are stressed,” said Conservation Director Denise Savageau. “We really need several months of above average precipitation to get us out the drought, refill our reservoirs and recharge the groundwater.”

To get a 20% reduction in indoor water use, residents are reminded to practice water conservation in their homes and businesses by following these simple tips:

• Flush toilets only when necessary.
• Don’t use the toilet as a wastebasket.
• Take shorter showers, don’t use bathtubs unless necessary and then fill bathtubs only half-way.
• Don’t let the water run while brushing teeth, shaving, washing your hands, or doing dishes.
• Keep a bottle or pitcher of drinking water in the refrigerator.
• Wash only full loads in the washing machine or dishwasher.
• Check for water leaks, especially in the bathroom.
• Replace older plumbing with low flow toilets and shower heads.

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