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Greenwich Enacts Emergency Water Ban As Drought Persists

Faced with a severe drought, Greenwich officials enacted a Stage 1 emergency water ban effective Thursday. Police can issue $91 tickets to property owners who continue to water their properties.
Faced with a severe drought, Greenwich officials enacted a Stage 1 emergency water ban effective Thursday. Police can issue $91 tickets to property owners who continue to water their properties. Photo Credit: wikiepedai

GREENWICH, Conn. -- Greenwich has moved to a Stage 1 emergency water ban as the town and region grapples with a drought with no immediate ending in sight.

The Board of Selectmen enacted the ban on Thursday and police can give tickets of $91 to those who violate the ban.

Greenwich Police have so far responded to 149 complaints of water usage and with 67 property owners given warnings and education on the severe water shortage was given to 75 property owners, according to police statistics. Seven of the complaints were unfounded.

Lt. Kraig Gray said all of the property owners who interacted with police have cooperated and complied with the water ban. He said police will continue to educate people about the water ban but said police will issue tickets it property owners defy the ban.

"We’re going on the premise that people want to comply and it’s just a lack of understanding," he said. "We are making sure they get educated first before we go with the enforcement of the statute."

]Aquarion Water Co. reservoir system that services the Town of Greenwich is at 29 percent of capacity, down from 34 percent a week ago, according to a press release by the town.

Aquarion estimates that more than 10 inches of rain is needed to fully recharge the reservoir system.

The town is requesting that all residents as well as industrial and commercial businesses “must immediately formulate and implement a water conservation plan that reduces consumption by 20 percent.”

Water use for irrigation of existing lawns is prohibited. Variances for newly seeded lawns and plantings issued during Phase I are null and void. To protect water resources from siltation, variances may be granted by the Conservation Director for seeding (no sod) of bare soil to limit erosion.

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