FAIRFIELD COUNTY, Conn. –Aquarion Water Co. has placed a mandatory ban effective immediately on the use of outdoor watering devices, including irrigation systems, sprinklers, and soaker hoses, in Greenwich, Stamford, New Canaan, and Darien.
Aquarion will be updated customers about the watering ban with automated phone calls. Outdoor watering activities using a hand-held hose will be allowed for now.
“We are telling our customers to turn off their irrigation systems and sprinklers for the season,” said Charles V. Firlotte, President and CEO of Bridgeport-based Aquarion. “We are doing this to ensure that we have an adequate water supply for everyday use and fire protection.”
Connecticut’s drought level has recently been upgraded to a “severe drought” for most of the state due to an extended dry spell, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. With below average rainfall and extremely high water demand, water levels in Aquarion’s reservoirs are continuing to decline.
Previously, customers had been asked to voluntarily conserve through notices and automated phone messages, but there has been no decrease in use.
Aquarion Water Company is the public water supply company for more than 625,000 people in 51 cities and towns throughout Connecticut, as well as serving customers in Massachusetts and New Hampshire.