Despite the recent rain and snow we've gotten, we are still asking our customers to reduce your water use by 15%. The rain has helped replenish the reservoirs, but reservoir levels are not back to normal in most areas. As spring and summer arrive, and more people begin to use water for lawns and to fill swimming pools, we need to make sure there is still plenty of water for all our needs. Better to continue to conserve water now than wish we had later this year.
The level of water in reservoirs rises and falls throughout the year. Reservoirs are at their highest levels in the spring when they fill with rain and snowmelt. That water is used throughout the summer and early fall. Water levels begin to rise again in November when leaves are off the trees and people are using less water outdoors. The RWA has records of water levels dating back almost 100 years, and we use that information to calculate a long term average for the amount of water in the reservoirs for each month.
To make sure we have enough water for public health and fighting fires, we have a drought response plan based on the long term average. The drought response plan calls for specific actions that the RWA and consumers can take at each level. As the drought becomes more serious, there will be requests to reduce water consumption at each level, starting with 10 percent at the Advisory Threshold and continuing to water rationing if we’re in a state of emergency. The RWA also makes changes to its operations to increase the amount of water available and to save as much water as possible.
The Regional Water Authority’s primary purpose is to provide and assure the provision of an adequate supply of pure water at reasonable cost to our customers. Regardless of the weather conditions, consumers should use water wisely. These conservation tips will ensure that water is not wasted.
Due to persistent dry weather and the National Weather Service's extended outlook for continued drought conditions, the Regional Water Authority asked for a reduction in water use of 10% on October 11, 2016. Regional Water Authority Asks for Reductions - October 11, 2016. On November 7, 2016, the RWA joined Governor Malloy’s call to conserve water by 15% in response to the recent decision made by the Connecticut Interagency Drought Workgroup to issue the state’s first-ever Drought Watch. RWA Continues to Urge Water Conservation