Water restriction up for debate in East Lyme - WFSB 3 Connecticut

Water restriction up for debate in East Lyme


The annual summer water restriction will be up for debate Wednesday night at a hearing in East Lyme.

If approved, the restrictions would go into effect on June 28 and would kick in starting at 9 a.m. every Friday, running until noon on Mondays.

The town of East Lyme has issued water restrictions on weekends during the summer for years.

The reason is because this shoreline community triples in size as people flock to their waterfront cottages and beaches, and water use climbs.

Under the new proposal, people won't be allowed to do the following items:

  • Use sprinklers to water lawns
  • No washing vehicles, driveways, structures
  • Filling or cleaning swimming and wading pools prohibited
  • Restaurants banned from automatically serving water to customers, unless asked to do so.

First Selectman Paul Formica explained to Eyewitness News this will likely be the last summer of water restrictions. That's because the town is tapping into the regional water supply and will be connected by next summer. The New London Reservoir will act like a bank.

"We send our excess water in the winter to them and draw it back in the summer from their reservoir when we need it," Formica said. "The project has been in design, and construction is about to begin."

Having access to more water will be a relief for many homeowners such as Liz Kuchta, who has learned to adapt without it.

"Hopefully, that will work out to our benefit and the benefit to the whole town to get water," Kuchta said.

The townwide hearing is expected to be at Town Hall at 7 p.m.

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