As temperatures linger above 80 degrees this week with little or no rain, Aquarion Water Company is experiencing near-record water demands throughout its service area and residents of New Canaan, Darien, Greenwich, Newtown, Stamford and Westport have been issued mandatory water restrictions.
The company is restricting its customers in the six towns to watering lawns with sprinkler irrigation to only two days a week, with days determined by address.
The dry spell has made Aquarion hit its first drought trigger in southwest Fairfield County this year. Other towns are being asked to voluntarily conserve water as well.
Due to high water demands, customers are cautioned that they may experience temporary low water pressure and/or possible water discoloration.
“Aquarion is advising customers to reduce their water use,” said Donald Morrissey, Aquarion president. “It is important for all of our customers to assist in this effort, to ensure towns have adequate water for fire protection and other vital needs.”
With ongoing high temperatures and no significant rainfall in the forecast, Aquarion Water Company is asking customers to reduce nonessential water use. Aquarion’s June 26 announcement said: “Large portions of Connecticut are currently experiencing conditions ranging from ‘abnormally dry’ to ‘moderate drought’ due to an extended dry spell, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) as of June 26, 2020.”
The six towns are being asked to reduce water usage by 20 percent to lessen the potential for stricter restrictions this summer, according to Aquarion. Most customers can achieve this reduction simply by following the irrigation schedule below, according to the water company.
Residents with even number addresses can irrigate lawns Sundays and Wednesdays, 12:01 a.m. to 10 a.m. or 6 p.m. to midnight.
People with odd number addresses can water grass with sprinklers on Saturdays and Tuesdays 12:01 a.m. to 10 a.m. or 6 p.m. to midnight.
Properties with no numeric address can irrigate lawns on Sundays and Wednesdays 12:01 a.m. to 10 a.m. or 6 p.m. to midnight.
”People across the world are putting water high on the list of things to use more efficiently, especially given the large fluctuations in the amount of rain and snow we receive. Plus, of course, the finite nature of the water supply and the essential role it plays in human, economic and environmental well-being,” according to Aquarion.