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Regional Water Authority (RWA) Urges Reduction Of Water Usage In Recognition Of State Declaration

Jul 15, 2022

New Haven, CT, July 15, 2022 – Persistent dry weather and the State of Connecticut’s Stage Two Drought Declaration have prompted the Regional Water Authority (RWA) to ask its customers to voluntarily reduce their water use by 10 percent. Stage Two of the state’s drought plan is identified as an emergent drought event, potentially impacting water supplies, agriculture, or natural ecosystems. Less rainfall and the rising summer temperatures have a compounding effect, and taking steps to conserve water voluntarily can positively affect the system.

“Residents should be mindful of their water consumption and take sensible steps to reduce impacts on other water uses and on the environment,” said Governor Lamont, “We must begin early steps now to mitigate the potential for harm should the drought become prolonged.”

“While we currently have an adequate supply of water in our reservoirs, our request to customers to voluntarily reduce their water use by 10% not only supports the Governor’s appeal, and protects our vital supply of clean, safe drinking water, but it also helps consumers save money on their water bill,” said Larry Bingaman, RWA President & CEO. “Just a few simple steps to conserve 10% of water use will help prolong available water supplies, reduce demand on the system and stress on local water resources as well as on the environment, and lower customer bills.”

“With less rainfall and higher temperatures, it’s important for each of us do our part to eliminate non-essential water use, and the little things we do every day make a big difference,” said New Haven Mayor Justin Elicker. “Whether it’s taking shorter showers, turning the faucet off while brushing your teeth, making sure the dishwasher and laundry loads are full before putting them on, all those individual actions by each us add up to make a big collective impact and will help our city, region, and state manage through this drought declaration in a safe and responsible manner.”

The RWA is asking its customers to be mindful of water usage this summer by eliminating non-essential water use. Here are some simple things customers can do:

  • Check for any dripping faucets or running toilets. A leaky faucet that drips at the rate of one drip per second can waste more than 3,000 gallons of water per year. The average leaky toilet can waste about 200 gallons of water per day. That’s over 6,000 gallons of water a month.
  • A bath typically uses up to 70 gallons of water, whereas a five-minute shower will use only 10-25 gallons, depending on the efficiency of your showerhead. So shower to save water.
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  • Turning off the faucet while brushing your teeth can save as much as four gallons of water. If you brush your teeth in the morning and at night, that adds up to saving 200 gallons of water a month. The same is true when you wash your hands.
  • When cleaning dishes, scrape your dirty dishes into the trash and then put them into the dishwasher. The average dishwasher uses six gallons of water per cycle; more efficient dishwashers use four gallons per cycle. A running faucet uses about two gallons per minute.
  • Wash only full loads of clothes. Older top-loading machines use 40 gallons of water to wash a full load. Today's newer standard models use 27 gallons, and more efficient Energy Star washers use 14 gallons per wash.
  • Use a broom instead of a hose to clean patios, sidewalks, and driveways. Water flows from a hose at about six gallons of water a minute. If it takes 30 minutes to clean a patio or deck, using a broom saves 500 gallons of water.
  • Wash your car at a car wash. Washing your car at home can use between 40 and 140 gallons of water. Washing your car at a car wash where water is cleaned and recycled uses about 15 gallons of fresh water for each wash.
  • Use only non-potable water to water your lawn and gardens. Use a bucket to catch extra water when you run the water before a shower. If you take a bath, use the bath water to water trees, shrubs, and non-edible plants (not your vegetable or herb gardens).

Customers’ wise water usage throughout the RWA service area can equal substantial water savings. The RWA has additional suggestions on saving water and will share updates on customers’ conservation efforts on our Water Wise Ways page. Customers without internet access can call the RWA Customer Care Center at 203-562-4020.

About the Regional Water Authority
Trusted since 1849, the South Central Connecticut Regional Water Authority (RWA) is a nonprofit water utility and environmental services corporation that makes life better for people by providing high-quality water and services to almost 430,000 people in 15 cities and towns throughout Greater New Haven. As a conscious business, the RWA acts as a responsible steward of the environment by protecting the more than 27,000 acres of watershed land it owns and promoting sustainable practices. Our employees work toward our vision of being an innovative water utility that sustains life, strengthens communities, and protects natural resources for future generations. For more information on the RWA, please visit rwater.com.