According to Governor Ned Lamont, New London and Windham counties have reached stage 3 or moderate drought levels due to more severe conditions.
The governor’s office said Connecticut’s other six counties will remain in Stage 2, which was declared in mid-July.
In stage 3, there is a potential impact on water supply, agriculture or natural ecosystems. Stage 2 aims to raise awareness of the possibility of a developing drought.
Lamont said the decision to move New London and Windham counties to Stage 3 is based on an assessment of indicator data monitored by state and federal agencies. They analyze precipitation, surface water, groundwater, reservoirs, soil moisture, vegetation, and fire danger conditions.
There are five levels of drought, with Stage 1 meaning below normal conditions and Stage 5 being the most extreme.
Drought conditions continue across the state and the impact is far reaching. Farmers are going through a tough time and many cities are being urged to save water.
“There are steps residents and businesses can take to help reduce the impacts of this drought, including voluntarily reducing water use to only absolutely necessary things and limiting the amount of water used. Those who depend on private wells, fire or irrigation ponds and other highly localized water resources should be particularly mindful of local conditions, especially in places where previous droughts have had a significant impact on water quality. water supply,” Lamont said.
The last time any area of Connecticut entered a stage 3 drought was in October 2020.
Authorities recommend that you take the following steps to avoid further stressing the water supply:
- Reduce watering of lawns, recreational and sports grounds, gardens, or other landscaped areas where possible (if watering is essential, it is best to water late at night).
- Avoid burning in or near woods or brush.
- Report dry fires/irrigation ponds or private wells to municipal drought liaisons or regional emergency management liaisons.
- Postpone the planting of any new lawns or vegetation.
- Minimize overall water consumption by fixing leaky plumbing and fixtures.
- Take shorter showers.
- Run dishwashers and washing machines at full load.
- Turn off the water when washing dishes, shaving, brushing teeth, and lathering up to wash your hands, rather than running water continuously.
- Avoid washing vehicles or high-pressure washing homes and other buildings.
- Do not use water to clean sidewalks, driveways and roads.
- Do not use public water to fill residential pools.
As drought conditions persist, Connecticut Water has asked residents of five coastal towns to reduce the amount of water they use.
For more tips on how you can conserve water, click here.