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CT Water customers asked to reduce water usage

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Customers of Connecticut Water are being asked to voluntary cut back on their water usage because of the drought conditions throughout the state. (WFSB file) Customers of Connecticut Water are being asked to voluntary cut back on their water usage because of the drought conditions throughout the state. (WFSB file)
CLINTON, CT (WFSB) -

Customers of Connecticut Water are being asked to voluntary cut back on their water usage because of the drought conditions throughout the state. 

Currently, more than 85 percent of the state was dealing with severe drought conditions, according to U.S. Drought Monitor. In response to these conditions, the Connecticut Water is asking "its customers across the state to step-up their voluntarily measures to conserve water." 

Connecticut Water customers were urged to reduce their water usage by 10 percent while people in the shoreline communities of Guilford, Madison, Clinton, Westbrook and Old Saybrook were asked to reduce usage by 15 percent. 

According to the Connecticut Water, the average household uses about 165 gallons of water each day. If there are three people in a home, they would need to about six to eight gallons each day to equal the 10 to 15 percent reduction. CT Water officials said the "savings cumulatively make a big difference and can be achieved by eliminating non-essential water use." 

"We currently have an adequate supply of water for our customers’ needs but we are taking these steps to ensure we will continue to have enough water for those needs should the drought continue. That’s why we are asking all of our customers to continue to conserve water, and our customers in those shoreline communities, where we have had high summer demands and felt the drought’s effects the most, to reduce their consumption by 15%," Connecticut Water Director of Service Delivery David A. Connors said in a statement on Monday. 

Connors went on to say "should normal precipitation not materialize, this will position us to have sufficient water to meet the needs of our customers and put less stress on local water resources." 

Connecticut Water customers are being asked to stop doing the following items: 

  • Stop watering lawns
  • Shut-off automatic irrigation systems
  • Sweep patios, driveways and sidewalks rather than using a hose on paved surfaces.
  • Turn off the water when brushing teeth or shaving
  • Take showers instead of baths
  • Fix leaks, a faucet that drips can waste up to 3,280 gallons of water per year
  • Check for silent toilet leaks which can waste large quantities of water 

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