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Aquarion Water Urges Stamford Customers To Shut Down Irrigation Systems

Aquarion Water Co. is asking customers to turn off sprinklers and irrigation systems for this season due to the state's current drought.
Aquarion Water Co. is asking customers to turn off sprinklers and irrigation systems for this season due to the state's current drought. Photo Credit: Daily Voice

BRIDGEPORT, Conn. -- With a statewide drought continuing and a higher-than-average water demand, Connecticut’s Department of Public Health is asking for voluntary water conservation and requesting that residents shut down sprinklers and irrigation systems for the season.

Aquarion Water Co. reservoirs in the southwest region of the state are below half their capacity, including those in Fairfield County. And yet demand is running 12.2 percent higher than for the same period last year.

“Due to the continuing drought and ongoing high water demand, Aquarion is asking customers to turn off sprinklers and irrigation systems for this season,” said Charles V. Firlotte, president and CEO of Bridgeport-based Aquarion. “It is important for our customers to support these voluntary conservation measures, and to use our water resources wisely.”

This new request follows a previous customer alert and voluntary conservation request a month ago asking customers to repair all leaks, to use a bucket when washing cars, switch to water-efficient appliances, and take shorter showers.

To save water, Aquarion recommends that customers:

  • Shut off sprinklers and irrigations systems for the season. Lawns and gardens slow down their growth in the fall and need less water. Watering less also encourages roots to grow deeper in the soil to find water
  • Repair leaks in plumbing and fixtures
  • Switch to water-efficient toilets, washing machines and dish washers
  • Allow grass to grow longer; taller grass is healthier and requires less water
  • Use brooms or blowers instead of water to clean decks, driveways and sidewalks
  • Use a bucket and sponge to wash cars and boats instead of a running hose. Shut off ornamental water displays
  • Switch to water-efficient toilets, washing machines and dish washers
  • Turn off the tap while washing hands, shaving or brushing teeth
  • Take shorter showers
  • Hand-wash dishes in a basin, not under running water
Aquarion serves customers across Connecticut, including in Bethel, Bridgeport, Brookfield, Danbury, Darien, Easton, Fairifield, Greenwich, Monroe, New Canaan, New Fairfield, Newtown, Norwalk, Redding, Ridgefield, Shelton, Sherman, Stamford, Stratford, Trumbull, Weston, Westport and Wilton.

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