Bristol residents are being told to stop using water outside of their homes immediately or they could have their water service shut off.
Bristol Mayor Ken Cockayne's office said the city's reservoir levels dropped below 50 percent capacity, which prompted the ban.
That means people cannot water lawns, use sprinklers, or wash cars. However, residents can still water flowers with a watering can or garden hose.
"We've had a beautiful summer, you can't complain about the summer," Cockayne said. "We've had no rain so now we're paying for it."
The city said anyone caught violating the mandatory water restrictions could have their water shut off. Service may remain off for a minimum of 24 hours, Robert Longo, who is the superintendent for the Bristol Water Department, said.
"These restrictions apply to all customers and unfortunately any customer who has recently planted new grass must also stop all outside use," Longo said. "Due to the severity of the levels and no major precipitation in the forecast, we must conserve all the water we can."
"What this is going to do is buy us time slow down the use of the water so hopefully we can get a significant rain fall in the near future," Cockayne said.
It is unclear how long the ban will last. The city has also stopped watering outside.
The restrictions do not apply to commercial car washes who rely on the use of water to operate; however, many use recycled water in their operations.
To learn more about the restrictions, click here or call 860-582-7431.
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