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Aquarion Announces Water Conservation Schedule

Apr 29, 2024 by Peter Fazekas Connecticut

Mandatory Conservation Schedule in Place for Groton, Mystic, and Stonington

BRIDGEPORT, Conn. – April 29, 2024 – Aquarion Water Company today reminded customers that the 2024 sprinkler irrigation schedule is in effect and continues until October 31. The program is mandatory for customers in Groton, Mystic, and Stonington. The schedule helps conserve water supplies by reducing overwatering of lawns and gardens through a maximum of two days per week. The conservation program helps to ensure local water supplies remain sufficient for critical needs such as human consumption and fire protection. 

Since its launch, the sprinkler irrigation schedule has helped save approximately five billion gallons of water, which has helped towns avoid a complete ban on outdoor water use during dry summer months. Under the irrigation schedule, Aquarion expects to save millions of gallons of water.

Homes and businesses with automatic sprinkler irrigation systems often use large volumes of water – about 40% more than properties without the systems. According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), up to half the water used outdoors can be lost through overwatering, leaks, and evaporation. This waste, in turn, strains local water supplies while providing no benefit to lawns and gardens. Research shows that lawns and gardens can thrive on reduced watering. By encouraging roots to grow deeper into the soil, they can absorb more moisture and nutrients, even during dry spells. Drip irrigation, soaker hoses, and hand-held watering are allowed anytime.

The twice-weekly irrigation schedule is in effect until October 31 and follows the requirements below:

                                           Maximum Twice-Weekly Sprinkler Irrigation Schedule
Last Digit of Your Address Number                         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

 

More information about the irrigation schedule, landscaping, and gardening with less water is available at www.aquarionwater.com/watering. Some residents may qualify for a variance from the schedule. If customers, for example, have installed new plantings or sod in the spring, they would be allowed to water more frequently to help get plants established.


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.