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Bristol looks to reduce water usage

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Bristol Water Department is enforcing mandatory restrictions for their customers due to low reservoir levels. (WFSB) Bristol Water Department is enforcing mandatory restrictions for their customers due to low reservoir levels. (WFSB)
BRISTOL, CT (WFSB) -

Bristol residents are being forced to cut down on water usages after reservoir levels have dropped to the lowest in 13 years.   

The last time a water restriction happened in Bristol, it was in 2002.  Water levels dropped below 60 percent.

City officials said they are hoping customers will watch how much water they are using.   

“This is the first time we've had this much of an impact," Robert Longo, who is the superintendent for Bristol Water Department, said.

Last month, only voluntary restrictions were in place.  Now Bristol Water Department is enforcing mandatory restrictions for their customers.

“We are at 59 percent and we have a threshold where we have to issue drought restrictions when we get to certain levels," Longo said.

If the water levels get down to less than 50 percent, there will be no outside watering.  The last time this was enforced was back in 2002.

If you're a customer, you’re being asked to limit your water and follow an odd-even watering schedule.

If you have an even number street address and it's an even number day of the month, you can water.

“I'll try to use less water. I try to be conservative with my water use anyway," Bristol resident Brian Woodman said.

More rain would help with the reservoir levels. City officials blame it on Mother Nature with the hot summer days and not enough rain this summer.

“Try to limit what they are doing. It is October," Longo said. “Things are going to die out next month anyways so there is no need to go excessive with it.”

Water officials said they are hoping for more rain in the next few weeks. They're also hoping for a good amount of snow this season too because that would help the water supply.

If you're watering excessively and not following these restrictions, you could get your water shut off.

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