Drought prompts more water conservation

Due to the continued drought conditions throughout Connecticut and the region, South Norwalk Electric and Water (SNEW) reservoir levels have reached 32% capacity and the agency has implemented the third stage in its drought response plan.

SNEW strongly urges its customers to make every effort to conserve water as reservoir levels have gotten to extremely low levels. Recent efforts to conserve water have not been sufficient to offset the below-normal rainfall, and more water conservation is needed in order to ensure that water is available for critical needs — human consumption, fire protection and sanitary purposes.

In addition to eliminating outdoor use of water, as was earlier requested, customers are urged to:

  • Run washing machines and dishwashers with full loads only;

  • Take shorter showers and use less water in baths;

  • Not run water while brushing teeth, shaving or washing dishes;

  • Check all toilets for leaks and repair them as well as any other plumbing fixtures immediately;

  • Consider changing any older fixtures with water saving fixtures.

Additional conservation tips can be found at snew.org.