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Water company asks people to conserve, drought forecasted to last through year's end

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NEW HAVEN, CT (WFSB) -

Despite residual rain from Matthew over the weekend, water officials are urging people to voluntarily reduce the amount of water they use.

The Regional Water Authority, which serves the greater New Haven area, asked its customers on Tuesday to reduce their usage by 10 percent.

This as the National Weather Service's extended outlook called for for continued drought conditions.

The NWS forecasted the drought to last at least through the end of the year.

“While our supplies in our reservoirs, overall, are adequate, and we have a number of sources and operational flexibility to meet our customers’ needs, given the pattern of diminished precipitation and indications this weather pattern will continue, we felt it was prudent to ask our residential and business customers to voluntarily conserve water,” said Ted Norris, Regional Water Authority vice president of asset management.

Norris said having an adequate water supply is the RWA's top priority.

"We are asking our customers to help by eliminating unnecessary water use and taking steps to avoid wasting water," he said. "This will reduce the demands on our water supplies, reduce stress on local water resources and on the environment, and ensure sufficient water is available."

Here are some ways the RWA said customers can save water:

  • Check for any dripping faucets or running toilets. A leaky faucet that drips at the rate of one drip per second can waste more than 3,000 gallons of water per year. The average leaky toilet can waste about 200 gallons of water per day. That’s over 6,000 gallons of water a month.
  • A bath typically uses up to 70 gallons of water, whereas a 5 min. shower will use only 10-25 gallons depending on the efficiency of the showerhead.
  • Turning off the faucet while brushing teeth can save as much as 4 gallons of water.
  • When cleaning dishes, scrape dirty dishes into the trash, and then put them into the dishwasher. The average dishwasher uses six gallons of water per cycle; more efficient dishwashers use four gallons per cycle. A running faucet uses about two gallons per minute.
  • Wash only full loads of clothes. Older top-loading machines use 40 gallons of water to wash a full load. Today's newer standard models use 27 gallons, and more efficient Energy Star washers use 14 gallons per wash.
  • Use a broom instead of a hose to clean patios, sidewalks and driveways. Water flows from a hose at about six gallons of water a minute.
  • Wash a car at a car wash. Washing a car at home can use between 40 and 140 gallons of water. Washing a car at a car wash where water is cleaned and recycled uses about 15 gallons of fresh water for each wash.
  • Use only non-potable water to water lawns and gardens. Use a bucket to catch extra water when the water is run before a shower. If customers take a bath, use the bath water to water trees, shrubs and non-edible plants (not vegetable or herb gardens).

“We will continue to monitor weather conditions and water demands, and will modify our request for water conservation measures accordingly," Norris said.

More on conservation efforts can be found here.

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