FAIRFIELD COUNTY, Conn. — Residents of Greenwich, Stamford New Canaan and Darien are being asked to refrain from watering lawns until Sunday, Aug. 21, in an effort to reduce water usage, according to Aquarion Water Co. and municipal officials.
Below average rainfall and high water demand compared to the same period last year have led to below average water levels in Aquarion’s reservoirs.
Connecticut is currently experiencing a “moderate drought” due to an extended dry spell, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.
“We are asking our customers in Greenwich, Stamford, New Canaan and Darien to continue to conserve water and reduce non-essential outdoor water use,” Charles V. Firlotte, Aquarion President and CEO, said in a statement. “We have met with town and city officials and are in agreement that we need to work together to ensure that everyone in the area has the water they need, when they need it.”
Customers are also urged to limit lawn irrigation to a maximum of twice a week (any two days) for the remainder of the season. This applies to irrigation systems, hose-end sprinklers, and soaker hoses, while use of a hand-held hoses for watering is acceptable at any time.
In addition to limiting the frequency of lawn irrigation and to help conservation efforts, Aquarion recommends the following ways to use water more efficiently:
- Sprinkler heads that are more than five years old use more water; upgrade your sprinkler heads to new, more efficient models
- Check for and fix water leaks, including where sprinkler heads connect to pipes or hoses
- Upgrade your irrigation system from a standard clock timer to a WaterSense-labeled controller that measures moisture levels in the ground
- Allow grass to grow longer; taller grass is healthier and requires less water
Visit www.aquarionwater.com/conserve for additional outdoor and indoor water conservation tips.