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Waterbury residents continue to be reminded of mandatory water restriction

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Water restrictions continue for some communities in the state (WFSB) Water restrictions continue for some communities in the state (WFSB)
WATERBURY, CT (WFSB) -

The lack of precipitation has caused some communities in the state to implement a water restriction for residents.

The mandatory water restriction went into effect last week in Waterbury, but city officials say not everyone has been complying, and it's why city officials are issuing a warning for residents.   

"As of today we are at 47 percent of our total usable capacity and with no beneficial rainfall in sight we are trying to be proactive and get ahead of this,” said Waterbury Public Works Manager Don Carver.

The city has been trying to conserve its water supply for the past month, asking residents to limit their water use. 

"That’s limiting outdoor water use, fixing any small leaks you may have in your home, taking showers instead of baths, doing full loads of laundry and dishes and what not,” Carver said.

For the most part, he said residents have stepped up to help, but not everyone is following the mandatory order.

“There have been a few scattered instances where our workers have seen the folks out there watering their lawns or washing their driveway and they stopped and they told them they cannot be doing that,” Carver said.

There are consequences for not complying with the order. 

"They are actually put on a list and we check back to make sure they're not repeat offenders and if so we will take the next necessary action,” Carver said.

That necessary action includes a $50 fine or water shut off, plus an additional fine to restore services. 

"Please comply, every little bit helps. You may not think just watering your grass or watering your flowers and shrubs will help, but with all combined effort of everybody, it all adds up,” Carver said.

The water restriction will continue until further notice.

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