Water levels rising

Last fall, Paul Yatcko, general manager of South Norwalk Electric and Water, told people that if they were the type that prayed, they should pray for rain because the region’s drought was so bad.

“The prayers worked,” Yatcko said on April 4.

After a fall and winter of decent precipitation, Yatcko was glad to say the serious drought conditions of the previous year were finally past.

“We’re doing well, we are recovering, we are getting close to normal in terms of reservoir capacity,” Yatcko said.

He spoke on a day when it was raining. “We’ve had beneficial rains since autumn. Clearly, to recover, we had to have more rain than normal,” Yatcko said.

South Norwalk Electric and Water reached the second stage in its drought response plan, the Drought Watch, last fall. The continued lack of significant rain coupled with a high water demand had SNEW reservoir levels at 41%, triggering the Drought Watch. The agency has customers in the Silvermine section of Wilton.

The Connecticut Interagency Drought Workgroup issued a drought advisory for the state last summer and Connecticut’s drought condition had been classified by the National Weather Service as moderate to severe.

SNEW strongly requested its customers conserve water with an overall goal of a 15% reduction in water use.

Conservation tips can be found on the SNEW website at snew.org.