Dry weather prompts state to issue drought advisory - WFSB 3 Connecticut

Dry weather prompts state to issue drought advisory

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Looking over the West Hartford Reservoir on Monday after the state issued a drought advisory. (WFSB) Looking over the West Hartford Reservoir on Monday after the state issued a drought advisory. (WFSB)
HARTFORD, CT (WFSB) -

With the dry weather the state has been experiencing for a while, the state has issued a drought advisory.

“With precipitation across Connecticut down as much as six inches over the last 90 days, the Department of Public Health (DPH) today issued a Drought Advisory,” a press release said.

Officials are recommending that customers of public water systems follow water conservation recommendations that may be requested.

“I want to emphasize that water levels in Connecticut’s larger reservoirs and water systems are perfectly fine at this point. There are currently no reports of any Community Public Water Systems triggering their emergency contingency plans due to below normal reservoir capacities.  DPH continuously monitors our reservoirs, and we are not in a drought,” said Department of Public Health Commissioner Dr. Raul Pino.

“However, we have not experienced as much rain as we typically do to this point in the year. Therefore people should be conscientious about their water consumption so that we don’t begin to experience drought conditions later this summer, particularly if rainfall continues to be below average,” Pino added.

While the state is asking everyone to conserve, the town of Southington has a very specific request for residents. The water department is asking residents to only water their lawns every other day. Odd dates if you have an odd address, and even dates if you have an even address.

"I'm out once or twice a week mowing it, watering, weeding. Basically everything," said Austin Coley.

The commissioner continued to say “some of the smaller systems across the state with lower yielding supplies may want to consider requesting water conservation measures from their customers.”

The Metropolitan District said on Monday that there are no water use restrictions in force for MDC customers.

For a water conservation fact sheet for businesses and residents on private wells, click here.

For the DPH’s Drought Guidance for Consumers of public water systems, click here.

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