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BRIDGEPORT — With a lack of significant rainfall, and as a result of the Connecticut Department of Public Health’s advisory for water conservation, Aquarion Water Company is asking its customers to conserve water and reduce non-essential outdoor water use.
Connecticut is 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).
With below average rainfall and extremely high water demand compared to the same period last year, Aquarion’s reservoirs and wells are below normal capacity, the company announced on July 15.
As a result, Aquarion is requesting customers reduce outdoor water use by limiting lawn irrigation to a maximum of twice a week (customers can select any two days) if they are using an irrigation system or hose-end sprinkler. Use of a hand-held hose for watering is allowed at any time.
Charles V. Firlotte, Aquarion president and CEO, said it is important for all customers to assist in the effort. Doing so, he said, could “ensure everyone in our entire at-large community has the water they need, when they need it.”
Aquarion recommends ways to use water more efficiently, while helping conservation efforts:
*Allow grass to grow longer (taller grass is healthier and requires less water, according to Aquarion);
*Use brooms or blowers instead of water to clean decks, driveways and sidewalks;
*Don’t wash cars or boats with a hose;
*Shut off ornamental water displays;
*Do not leave water running while washing hands, shaving, or brushing teeth;
*Take shorter showers;
*Hand wash dishes in a basin, not under running water: and
* Repair leaks in plumbing and fixtures.
Aquarion Water Company is the public water supply company for more than 625,000 people in 51 cities and towns throughout Connecticut, as well as serving customers in Massachusetts and New Hampshire. It is the largest investor-owned water utility in New England and among the seven largest in the country.
Based in Bridgeport, it has been in the public water supply business since 1857. Across its operations, Aquarion strives to act as a responsible steward of the environment and to assist the communities it serves in promoting sustainable practices.
For more information on Aquarion Water Company and its subsidiaries, call 203-445-7310 or 800-732-9678, send email to firstname.lastname@example.org, visit aquarionwater.com, or find Aquarion Water on Facebook.