Aquarion Water Company Urges Continued Conservation

Jul 14, 2020 by Peter Fazekas Connecticut

Second Drought Trigger Hit in Southwest Fairfield County

Darien, Greenwich, New Canaan, Newtown, Stamford and Westport customers are asked to continue reducing water usage by 20% and follow the mandatory irrigation schedule.

BRIDGEPORT, CONN. – July 14, 2020 – Despite receiving some beneficial rainfall over the last few weeks, high temperatures and high water demands continue to reduce water reservoir levels in Connecticut. 2020’s below average rainfall has resulted in Southwest Fairfield County hitting its second drought trigger this summer. In order to help avoid further mandatory water restrictions, Aquarion Water Company today urged customers to continue conserving water.

Customers that live in the six towns currently under a mandatory, twice-weekly irrigation schedule (Darien, Greenwich, New Canaan, Newtown, Stamford and Westport) are being asked to continue reducing water usage by 20 percent and to follow the mandatory, twice-weekly sprinkler irrigation schedule. Aquarion also encourages customers that live outside of these six towns to voluntarily follow this schedule as an easy way to conserve water.

Mandatory, Twice-Weekly Sprinkler Irrigation Schedule for Darien, Greenwich, New Canaan, Newtown, Stamford and Westport
Last Digit of Your Address NumberPlease Water Only On:
0, 2, 4, 6 or 8 (even numbers)

Sunday & Wednesday
12:01 am - 10:00 am, or
6:00 pm - Midnight

1, 3, 5, 7 or 9 (odd numbers)

Saturday & Tuesday
12:01 am - 10:00 am, or
6:00 pm - Midnight

No address number

Sunday & Wednesday
12:01 am - 10:00 am, or
6:00 pm - Midnight

“Aquarion appreciates all of our customers’ efforts to reduced nonessential water use,” said Donald Morrissey, Aquarion President. “However, we will need everyone’s participation to avoid a third drought trigger.”

Based on current water demands and expected rainfall, the third drought trigger could be hit in the next few weeks. The third drought trigger would require additional mandatory restrictions.

In order to use water more efficiently, Aquarion is encouraging customers to take the following actions:

Outdoor water conservation measures
  • Adjust your lawn mower to a higher setting. A taller lawn provides shade to the roots and helps retain soil moisture, so your lawn requires less water.
  • Reduce your sprinkler setting to two days per week. The grass roots will grow deeper and make your grass more drought tolerant.
  • Adjust your sprinklers so that they're watering your lawn and garden, and not the street or sidewalk.
  • Turn off your irrigation system and use hand watering or drip irrigation for shrubs and flowers.
  • Inspect your overall irrigation system for leaks, broken lines or blockage in the lines. A well-maintained system will save you money, water, and time.
Indoor water conservation measures
  • Turn off the water while lathering up, shaving, or brushing your teeth.
  • Minimize baths and the amount of water you use for each. Trim one minute off the length of your showers.
  • Wash only full loads in your dishwasher and washing machine.
  • Hand wash dishes in a pan or the sink, not under continuous running water.
  • Reuse dehumidifier water or use a bucket to capture shower and bath water while you wait for it to warm up; then use the water to water your plants.

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About Aquarion Water Company

Aquarion Water Company is the public water supply company for more than 750,000 people in 72 cities and towns in Connecticut, Massachusetts and New Hampshire.  It is the largest investor-owned water utility in New England and among the seven largest in the U.S.  Based in Bridgeport, CT, Aquarion 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.  Aquarion Water Company is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Eversource.