What a turnaround! In just a little over three months, the reservoir off Old Huckleberry Hill Road has swollen from about one-third of its capacity to full. It has been enough of a change for South Norwalk Electric & Water to call it “close to normal” reservoir capacity.

While this is certainly good news, it should be taken with some reserve. Just as underground aquifers take longer to be affected by lack of rain, they also take longer than reservoirs to recharge.

Weather has always been unpredictable, but it does seem a bit more so now. Who knows when the next dry spell will turn into a full-blown drought? All the more reason we should always practice conservation with our natural resources, particularly our water.

This is one precious commodity we cannot manufacture and is one we certainly cannot live without. Conservation measures that were promoted during the drought should be standard operating procedures in our homes every day: run washing machines and dishwashers with full loads, fix dripping faucets and leaky toilets, get drinking water from a pitcher in the refrigerator, and keep showers as short as possible.

As the saying goes, “Waste not, want not.”