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Wednesday, October 28 Local

Aquarion: Stop watering lawn as CT drought continues

The Aquarion Water Company has announced an irrigation ban as the state continues to see abnormally dry conditions throughout Fairfield County.

The ban affects irrigation variances issued by Aquarion in Darien, Greenwich, New Canaan, Stamford and Westport.

Recent rainfall from Hurricane Delta remnants did little to replenish water supplies,” the utility company said in a news release. “Effective immediately, the ban includes automatic irrigation systems and hose end sprinklers.”

Irrigation systems have become less of a necessity as temperatures cool, the company noted.

“Hand-held watering, soaker hose, and drip irrigation continue to be permitted for new plantings,” the release said.

The move comes as Connecticut faces conditions ranging from abnormally dry in the state’s southwest to “extreme drought” in a swath of the east and northeast of the state.

Those extreme conditions are affecting most of Hartford, Tolland, Windham and New London counties, according to the National Drought Monitor.

The program is a partnership between the National Drought Mitigation Center at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, the United States Department of Agriculture, and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

“Aquarion is requiring customers to turn off their irrigation systems and sprinklers for the season,” Donald J. Morrissey, Aquarion’s president, said in a prepared statement. “With drought conditions continuing to worsen across the state, this mandatory ban will help to ensure an adequate water supply for everyday needs and give reservoirs time to recover for the spring.”

The company is also Connecticut residents to take steps to cut back on their water use — including taking shorter showers, and running washing machines and dishwashers with full loads only.

Peter Yankowski|Reporter