State seeks public's help in creating drought water plan - WFSB 3 Connecticut

State seeks public's help in creating drought water plan

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The Connecticut Water Planning Council will be holding public forums around the state starting on Tuesday night.(WFSB) The Connecticut Water Planning Council will be holding public forums around the state starting on Tuesday night.(WFSB)
An old truss bridge exposed by the drought in Colebrook. (WFSB photo) An old truss bridge exposed by the drought in Colebrook. (WFSB photo)
HARTFORD, CT (WFSB) -

As the state continues to fight dire drought conditions, officials are working on the state's first water plan and they are asking for the public’s help.

This week, the Connecticut Water Planning Council will hold public forums around the state. Officials say they hope the meetings will raise awareness and encourage residents to conserve more.

Gov. Dannel Malloy and legislative leaders reached out to the council to develop the plan, which will be a long-term initiative to manage the state's evolving water needs and new climate trends. The proposal will also address the quality and quantity of water for drinking, recreation and agriculture. 

An old bridge in Colebrook is one of the telltale signs of the historic conditions the state is facing. According to the Metropolitan District Commission, the town's river is 25 feet below average for this time of year, which exposed the usually submerged truss bridge.

Over the last several days, voluntary mandatory water restrictions were put in place in cities and towns all over the state from Waterbury to Bristol.

Tuesday’s meeting is from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. in Norwich at the Southeastern Connecticut Council of Governments at 5 Connecticut Avenue. There is a meeting Wednesday from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. at 10 Franklin Square in New Britain and Thursday from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Southbury Town Hall located at 501 Main Street South.

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