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Water companies across Connecticut urge conservation to curb drought

There has been less rainfall lately and summer temperatures are rising, which is contributing to the preliminary signs of drought in Connecticut.

HARTFORD, Conn. — Some of Connecticut's water service companies are urging or requiring water customers to conserve their use of water.

The pressing recommendations come after Gov. Ned Lamont placed the whole state under stage 2 drought levels Thursday, which means Connecticut is in the preliminary stages of a drought.

There has been less rainfall lately and summer temperatures are rising, which is contributing to the preliminary signs of drought in Connecticut. The water companies all said they have an adequate supply of water in their reservoirs and that the conservation comes as a precaution.

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The Regional Water Authority (RWA), serving customers in New Haven County, is asking customers Friday to "be mindful" about their water usage and voluntarily reduce use by 10%.

The authority is encouraging customers to eliminate non-essential water use. This can include fixing leaks or running toilets, taking shorter showers instead of baths, turning off the faucet while brushing teeth or taking the car to the car wash instead of washing it at home.

For more water conservation tips, visit RWA's website.

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Aquarion Water Company is requiring some of its customers to follow a twice-a-week sprinkler irrigation schedule until Oct. 31.

The communities required to comply are Darien, East Granby, Fairfield, Granby, Greenwich, Groton, Mystic, New Canaan, Newtown, Simsbury, Stamford, Stonington, and Westport. Customers outside of these towns can voluntarily follow the schedule.

Addresses with even numbers or addresses with no numbers can water Sunday & Wednesday 12:01 am - 10 a.m. or 6 p.m. - Midnight.

Addresses with odd numbers can water Saturday & Tuesday 12:01 am - 10 a.m., or 6 p.m. - Midnight.

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The Metropolitan District, which serves multiple towns and cities in the Hartford area, announced Thursday it will continue to monitor weather conditions and reservoir levels. Its drinking water reservoir supply is over 94.5% of capacity, which is 628 days' worth of water. The supply is normal compared to past capacities and water demands at this time of year, MDC said.

Leah Myers is a digital content producer at FOX61 News. She can be reached at lmyers@fox61.com

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