Officials in Bristol are asking people to voluntarily conserve water after they said the city's supply has reached a concerning level.
Mayor Ken Cockayne said the reservoirs are at 70 percent as opposed to a comfortable 74 percent. He and officials with the city's water department are asking residents to hold back on watering lawns and washing cars as much as possible.
"We're asking them to just water on odds and even days depending on what your street address is and the date," Cockayne said.
The last mandatory restriction was issued in 2002 when the water supply dropped to 50 percent.
“That's what we're trying to avoid,” Cockayne said. “We're hoping that we get a nice rainstorm before that."
The mayor said they will continue to watch the levels closely.
Bristol resident Wayne Underwood said he was set to water his lawn this morning, but after hearing the news, he decided to hold off.
“I think it's a great idea. Water is what everybody needs,” Underwood said. “Can't do without it, so it's wonderful. I think it should have been done probably a month ago."
Cockayne said the city has reached out to some of its larger users such as the parks department, fire department and Lake Compounce.
Anyone with any questions about conserving water is asked to call the Bristol Water Department at 860-582-7431.
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