GREENWICH, Conn. -- Greenwich officials are joining Aquarion Water Co. in urging residents to cut down on their water usage.
The town is encouraging residents to conserve water by not watering lawns through Sunday due to the recent rain. 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 of gardens, is acceptable at any time.
Residents served by private wells also are reminded that this action applies to them.
“In Greenwich, we have residents served by both public water and private wells,” said First Selectman Peter Tesei. “We are experiencing an exceptionally dry summer and we need to make sure that all residents reduce their outdoor water usage.”
According to Conservation Director Denise Savageau, outdoor water use can increase water consumption from an average of 18 million gallons per day in the summer to more than 32 million gallons per day in Greenwich.
That usage strains both the surface and ground water supplies. In September 2015, Greenwich experienced very low groundwater levels. Once again, summer ground water levels have continued to drop and are similar to last year’s levels for the same time period. Water conservation is something that residents are reminded to practice every day.
“Reduction of outdoor water use is one way to really cut down on overall water demand in Town. This is extremely important especially in the backcountry where irrigation may affect private wells and fire ponds,” said Savageau.