New Haven, CT, October 11, 2016 – Persistent dry weather and the National Weather Service’s extended outlook for continued drought conditions in our region have prompted the Regional Water Authority (RWA) to ask its customers to reduce their water use by 10 percent. The past weekend’s rains were not nearly enough to overcome the drought.
According to the National Weather Service and the U.S. Drought Monitor, the current drought is expected to last at least through the end of the year.
“While our supplies in our reservoirs, overall, are adequate, and we have a number of sources and operational flexibility to meet our customers’ needs, given the pattern of diminished precipitation and indications this weather pattern will continue, we felt it was prudent to ask our residential and business customers to voluntarily conserve water,” said Regional Water Authority Vice President of Asset Management, Ted Norris.
“Water is essential to life. Having an adequate supply for drinking, public health, fire protection and the environment is the RWA’s top priority. We are asking our customers to help by eliminating unnecessary water use and taking steps to avoid wasting water. This will reduce the demands on our water supplies, reduce stress on local water resources and on the environment, and ensure sufficient water is available. We are committed to supplying our customers while maintaining the health of streams and rivers in our area. With everyone’s careful use of water, we can continue to meet the needs of our consumers and the environment,” Norris added.
The RWA is asking its customers to voluntarily cut back on water usage by at least 10 percent by eliminating non-essential water use. Here are some simple things customers can do:
“A little conservation done by a lot of customers equals big water savings,” Norris said. “We will continue to monitor weather conditions and water demands, and will modify our request for water conservation measures accordingly.”
The RWA has additional suggestions on how to save water and will post monthly updates on customers’ conservation efforts on our water conservation page. Customers without internet access can call 203-562-4020.