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Waterbury, Wolcott, Watertown and Middlebury residents asked to conserve water

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WATERBURY, CT (WFSB) -

Residents in several towns are being asked to restrict their water usage. 

Water Superintendent Chris Bogucki said reservoir levels in Waterbury have not been this low since the 1960s. 

"We've fallen below our 50 percent usable storage area in the reservoirs," Bogucki said.

Residents in Waterbury, Wolcott, Watertown and Middlebury are now being asked to conserve water.

With the low water levels, residents in these towns were asked to not water their yards or wash their cars. Anyone who violates this request could be subject to fines up to $200. 

Waterbury resident Margarita Soares said she typically tends to her garden for about an hour each day, but on Tuesday she received some bad news from her city, asking residents to refrain from watering yards and washing cars.

But Soares has improvised. She has a rainwater catch basin to ensure her flowers continue to grow.

"I feel sad, but I'll get the water and put it on my flowers. I'll still do it," Soares said.

In addition to not using outside water sources, officials want homeowners to look inside for leaky sinks and toilets.

Restaurants are being asked not to serve their customers water unless the people ask for water. 

If the water levels don't rise, businesses will likely be asked to adopt four-day work weeks.

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