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South central CT asked to conserve water

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NEW HAVEN, CT (WFSB) -

Water authority officials asked customers in south central Connecticut to continue to conserve water.

The South Central Connecticut Regional Water Authority said on Monday that it's asking customers to step up their voluntary measures to 15 percent.

It previously asked all RWA customers to voluntarily reduce use by 10 percent back on Oct. 11.

“We are joining Gov. Malloy’s call to conserve water by 15 percent in response to the recent decision made by the Connecticut Interagency Drought Workgroup to issue the state’s first-ever Drought Watch,” said Ted Norris, Regional Water Authority vice president of asset management. “This reduction will continue to enable the RWA to meet the public water supply needs for customers, fire protection, and protect the environment.”

A drought watch was issued for six Connecticut counties at the end of October.

The RWA said it continues to closely monitor its water supplies.

At the end of last month, it said its reservoirs were at about 53 percent of their capacity. That's less than the long-term average of 66 percent for October.

“Connecticut’s water supply availability varies by community,” Norris said. “While supplies in RWA reservoirs are lower than normal, we also have groundwater sources that provide some operational flexibility in certain areas of our system.”

The RWA said the average household uses about 205 gallons of water per day.

Here are some ways it recommended cutting back on usage:

  • Showering instead of taking a bath
  • Keep drinking water in the refrigerator instead of running the tap to make it cool
  • Turn off the faucet when brushing teeth
  • Scrap rather than rinse dishes.
  • Wash only full loads of cloths.
  • Repair dripping faucets and showers.

“The RWA’s customers have already demonstrated that water use can be reduced when you commit to conservation,” Norris said. “We thank our customers who have committed to lowering their water use, but we need to do more to ensure we will continue to have enough water for all our customers’ needs should the drought continue.” 

For more information, head to the RWA's website here.

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