The state's largest water company is urging residents to be judicious about their water use in light of dry conditions caused by a lack of rainfall.
Aquarion, which serves 625,000 people in 51 Connecticut communities, is asked customers to stop "non-essential outdoor water use" and conserve water whenever possible.
Conditions in Connecticut range from "abnormally dry" to "moderate drought," according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.
Aquarion said its wells and reservoirs are below capacity because of less rainfall and a higher demand for water than this time last year.
The company is asking customers to take the following steps to save water:
- Shut off outdoor irrigation systems or cut back use to twice per week
- Allow grass to grow longer (taller grass needs less water)
- Avoid using water to clean decks, driveways and sidewalks
- Avoid using a hose to wash cars and boats
- Shut off fountains and other decorative water displays
- Turn the water off while brushing teeth, shaving and washing hands and dishes
- Take shorter showers
- Fix plumbing leaks
"It is important for all of our customers to assist in this effort, to ensure everyone in our entire at-large community has the water they need, when they need it," Aquarion president and CEO Charles V. Firlotte said in a statement Thursday.
More conservation tips are available on the Aquarion website.