Connecticut Water customers urged to save as drought continues, including ending lawn watering – Hartford Courant

Connecticut Water is asking customers to limit their water usage as drought conditions continue statewide and worsen in eastern Connecticut.

The utility company suggested customers stop watering their lawns, cover their pools, clean the exterior with a broom instead of a hose, and check their plumbing for leaks.

“In light of the ongoing drought, Connecticut Water is asking all customers to engage in voluntary water conservation,” the company said in a statement. “We only ask customers to conserve when necessary to conserve water resources for drinking, hygiene, sanitation and fire protection in systems with hydrants.”

According to the release, the state experienced five inches less precipitation than you would expect in an average summer. The company serves about 105,000 customers (or about 350,000 people) in 60 Connecticut cities, including select cities in Hartford, Tolland, Middlesex, New London, Windham and New Haven counties, it says online.

“It would take several days of moderate rain to catch up to normal levels,” Connecticut Water said.

Governor Ned Lamont said on Friday that the US Department of Agriculture has declared New London and Windham counties natural disaster areas due to the region’s persistent drought, making farmers eligible for emergency loans.

Hartford, Middlesex, and Tolland counties were designated as contiguous counties under the USDA declaration.

Lamont also last week increased the state’s drought response for New London and Windham counties as potential threats endanger water supplies, agriculture and ecosystems. The governor cited climate change as the cause of the conditions.

Connecticut Water said its current policy charges residential customers a slightly higher rate when their average water usage exceeds 200 gallons per day during a billing period.

In the event that water conservation becomes mandatory, Connecticut Water said non-compliant customers could face charges of up to $200.

Alison Cross can be reached at [email protected]

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