On Thursday, the mayor’s office in Bristol announced a mandatory water restriction for the city.
Officials said the city’s reservoirs have declined to below 60 percent capacity from the lack of rain.
“Although we were hoping for some rainfall over the past few weeks, we have not received enough to add to our reservoir levels and so our Department has no other option but to issue these restrictions,” said Robert Longo, superintendent of the Bristol Water Department.
Last month, the city issued voluntary restrictions, and many of the larger users like Lake Compounce, ESPN, the board of education and more were able to help restrict their water use.
The water department and mayor’s office are requiring all customers to limit the amount of outside water use, and requiring the public to adhere to the department’s policy on odd/even watering.
“Odd/even watering allows for properties with an even street number to water on even days of the month and the same for properties with odd street numbers to water on odd days of the month,” officials said in a press release.
The odd/even watering system applies to washing cars, watering flowers and any other non-essential outside uses.
“In 2002, the Bristol Water Department issued mandatory restrictions when reservoirs dropped to nearly 50 percent capacity,” officials said.
“We are hoping that these restrictions will be short term and although we have taken many measures to utilize all water supplies appropriately since August, it really is up to Mother Nature now,” Longo said.
The department may need to discontinue service if the department deems that a customer is jeopardizing the safety and integrity of the water supply.
Anyone with questions should contact the water department at 860-582-7431.
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