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Parts of the state remain in moderate drought

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Despite drought concerns for parts of the state, Southington is lifting its mandatory water restrictions. (WFSB) Despite drought concerns for parts of the state, Southington is lifting its mandatory water restrictions. (WFSB)
SOUTHINGTON, CT (WFSB) -

Despite drought concerns for parts of the state, Southington is lifting its mandatory water restrictions.

In June, the Southington Water Department asked people to limit outside watering, as well as washing cars.

The water department said the measures were necessary to conserve water because of the lack of rainfall.

Chief Meteorologist Bruce DePrest said while the numbers vary, everybody needs rain.

“Most of Connecticut remains in a moderate drought, but portions of Northern Connecticut are in a severe drought,” DePrest said.

The rainfall deficit for the year is well over 8 inches at Bradley International Airport, however the deficit since the beginning of last year is more than 15 inches.

Read Bruce’s full Technical Discussion here.

Mario Ferreri said his lawn has taken a beating this summer due to the lack of rain.

"My lawn is terrible," Ferreri said.

Condition of his lawn aside, Ferreri says he was surprised Southington would lift its water restriction at this time. 

"I think it's good that they've lifted it, but I don't know why they would lift it. We really haven't had any rain, I think the only thing that's changed is the weather, it's a little cooler,” Ferreri said.

The drought has also had an impact on those who make a living keeping things green. 

“It's been a little tricky, clearly it's been hot, it's been dry,” said Bob Burton, who said he can’t recall a dryer summer than this year’s, in his seven years in the lawn care business.

“It's been some time every year it seems like we get some rain, but it's been a long time,” Burton said.

Some, like Dan Soltesz have still been able to keep their lawns green without help from Mother Nature.

“In august, the neighbors, everyone was pretty brown around here, but there is a few of us that have it, and it stays looking good,” Soltesz said.

Burton said he has some advice for those who are tired of seeing brown, instead of green outside their windows. 

"We'll mow it every other week, we will certainly mow it high to keep the crown on the turf because once you cut the crown, the sun's going to get in there and really dry things,” he said, adding "be patient number one, lawns are resilient, they will come back, don't give up."

It is unclear why the water restriction in Southington was lifted on Thursday.

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