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Cities, towns issue mandatory water restrictions

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The City of Bristol on Tuesday issued mandatory water restrictions due to the state's drought. (WFSB) The City of Bristol on Tuesday issued mandatory water restrictions due to the state's drought. (WFSB)
BRISTOL, CT (WFSB) -

Cities and towns around the state have begun issuing mandatory water restrictions due to the state's severe drought.

The City of Bristol on Tuesday issued one on Tuesday.

The mayor's office and the Bristol Water Department said that the city's reservoirs have declined to below 60 percent.

They are requiring all customers to limit outside water use.

The public must adhere to the department's police on odd/even watering. 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.

The policy also applies to car washing and flower watering.

“We issued voluntary restrictions in August, hoping that we would see some rainfall in early September, but unfortunately we have not received enough rain to avoid having to issue the mandatory restrictions,” stated Robert Longo, Bristol Water Department.

The city put out voluntary restrictions in August. 

Anyone with questions about the restrictions or the city's water supply can contact the water department at 860-582-7431.

Information can also be found on the department's website here.

In Greenwich, reservoir levels dropped to 34.9 percent. The town enacted its water shortage ordinance, which also restricted outdoor water usage.

In addition to the reservoir, officials said wells also have been going dry.

"All town residents are asked to immediately comply with the mandatory watering ban requested by Aquarion Water Company last Friday," said First Selectman Peter J. Tesei. "This ban also includes residents who rely upon private wells. Protecting our local water supply is critically important and this is a serious situation.  The Board of Selectmen will be reinforcing this action at its meeting on Thursday, Sept. 22 to provide authority for enforcement of the ban. This is a Water Supply Emergency and the town is treating it as such."

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