It was just one year ago this week that Gov. Dannel Malloy issued the state’s first-ever drought watch, a situation that ended with plentiful rainfall in the spring. It appears our reprieve from low water levels is over.

South Norwalk Electric and Water (SNEW) earlier this week implemented the first stage of its drought response plan, the drought advisory, citing continuing lack of significant beneficial rain.

As dry conditions persist across much of Connecticut, the utility’s reservoir levels are below 50%, triggering the drought advisory. As such, SNEW is strongly requesting that its customers conserve water with an overall goal of a 10% reduction in usage.

The utility is asking customers to conserve water by eliminating lawn watering and refraining from washing cars. If you absolutely must, use a bucket of soapy water and use the hose only for rinsing. Some ways to conserve indoor use include checking all toilets for leaks and repairing them right away, and running dishwashers and washing machines only with full loads. Additional conservation tips may be found at snew.org.

While most Wilton homes are on private wells and not public water provided by SNEW, it is wise to take heed of these cautions. Wells will not be depleted as quickly as reservoirs, but they will not recharge as quickly when rain does fall.

It’s always a good idea to be conservative with water usage. Water is a precious resource that cannot easily be replaced.