GREENWICH, Conn. -- Water levels in the Greenwich Reservoir System are improving, but remain lower than where they should be for this time of year, according to government officials.
Reservoir levels were at 73 percent at the end of February while average is closer to 88 percent. As a result, the board of selectmen adopted new water restrictions for businesses and residents.
Golf courses are banned from watering fairways but are allowed to water tees and greens. Previously banned outdoor uses such as car washing and power washing is now allowed, however, residents should still be reducing overall water use, both indoor and out, by 20 percent.
The new restrictions ban the use of automatic irrigation and sprinkler irrigation systems. Drip irrigation, soaker hoses, and hand-held hoses are exempt from the ban.
“Residents are reminded that we are still in a water supply emergency and we will need at least average rainfall this spring to fully recover from the drought," First Selectman Peter Tesei said in a statement. “Greenwich residents were able to reduce average demand on our water resources over the winter and I applaud their efforts. It has made a real difference during this emergency."
To help curb water consumption residents are reminded:
- Check and fix for water leaks, especially in the bathroom.
- 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.
- Replace older plumbing with low flow toilets and showerheads.
- Sweep the drive way, do not flush with hose
- Use bucket when washing car, don’t keep hose running
- Do not overwater outdoor plants