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:
“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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