CT Drought 2016-2017

For several months, the state of CT has been experiencing a drought due to below average rainfall.  Several towns in the state have announced drought advisories and requested residents conserve water to protect this essential resource.  As information on this ongoing issue becomes available, we will continue to post information here for your reference.

December 22, 2016
MDC has issued a drought advisory- its reservoir supply stands at 75% of capacity.  Assuming no rain at all and continued normal daily water usage, this equates to approximately 500 days of supply.  The MDC supplies treated water to portions of Glastonbury and other neighboring towns. With this advisory, they are requesting municipal officials look to cut back on water use for non-essential operations such as street cleaning, municipal watering and vehicle flushing. They also encourage residents to use water wisely and reduce usage by repairing leaky toilets and faucets, turning faucets off while brushing your teeth or shaving and running washers and dryers with full loads.  Click here to read the full advisory or view their drought advisory flyer.

November 18, 2016
The State of Connecticut sent a letter to all municipalities urging them to take steps to reduce water consumption by at least 15% in accordance with the CT Drought Preparedness and Response Plan.  View the letter here

October 28, 2016: Drought Watch Issued for 6 Connecticut Counties
Governor Malloy requests CT residents reduce water use by 15% in response to Drought Watch. Read more here.

September 29, 2016: DPH Commissioner Declares Public Water Supply Emergency for Darien, Greenwich, New Canaan, and Stamford.
CT DPH Commissioner signed an order declaring a temporary 30-day public water supply emergency for 4 Fairfield County towns served by Aquarion Water Company (AWC). Click here to read more.

September 28, 2016: CT Dept. of Public Health (DPH) requests all CT residents & businesses voluntarily reduce water demand by 10%.
Well users should reduce lawn watering, shorten showers and implement other water conservation efforts as available to help ensure Glastonbury has adequate water supplies. Click here to view more information and tips on how to conserve water in your home or business.

September 12, 2016: Town of Manchester requests voluntary water conservation. Click here to read more.

June 27, 2016:  CT Department of Public Health Issues Drought Advisory.
"With precipitation across Connecticut down as much as six inches over the last 90 days, the Department of Public Health (DPH) today issued a Drought Advisory. It is recommended that customers of public water systems follow any water conservation recommendations that may be requested by their water utility and that businesses and residents served by private wells follow DPH’s water conservation advice." - DPH Commissioner Dr. Raul Pino. Read more here.