Putnam launches mandatory water ban

The Peake Brooke and Little River are both running at their lowest levels since 1966.
Published: Aug. 17, 2022 at 7:23 PM EDT|Updated: Aug. 17, 2022 at 11:36 PM EDT
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PUTNAM, Conn. (WFSB) - The town of Putnam is launching a mandatory water ban to mitigate the lack of rain.

Windham county along with the rest of Eastern Connecticut is in a severe drought.

The Peake Brooke and Little River are both running at their lowest levels since 1966.

The town can no longer treat the water from these sources and is taking precautions until the water levels can rise again.

Since May 1, Windham county has received about six and a half inches of rain.

A normal amount of rain from May 1 to this part of August is 14-inches, meaning there is nearly a 7-inch rain deficit.

In the meantime, wells will get folks through the drought, but well water is finite.

Putnam residents are being told to conserve water whenever possible.

“Any conservation you can use, any measures you can use to conserve water, we ask you to take it,” said said Barney Seney, Mayor of Putnam.

The most critical item residents will have to cut back on is watering lawns.

“My lawn is completely dead,” said Maya Gerum of Putnam. “It’s just kind of weird because we’ve never experienced that or seen that and it’s just kind of like when is rain going to come.”

If you are sick of seeing brown grass, Mayor Seney says, “you’re going to have to live with it. This is a time right now that we’re suffering and until we get some severe rain, you should not water your lawns period.”

The town of Putnam is also telling residents to conserve the number of loads of laundry and dishes they run.

Residents caught excessively wasting water will get a verbal warning for a first time offense. A second strike will come with a fine.

“Could be going on for weeks until we get the rain we need to get the river back up running again. This mandatory water ban will be in effect,” said Mayor Seney.

The town of Putnam also said they are making sacrifices by turning off their brand new sprinkler system and suspending hydrant flushes.

“We got a new water system in and we cant use it. So we’re sacrificing like everybody else and we’re asking the people to make that sacrifice also,” said Mayor Seney.

This ban goes into effect tomorrow and is expected to last for at least a week.

Drought brings water restrictions in Putnam