To the Editors:

On behalf of water utilities throughout Connecticut, I remind the public during Fire Prevention Week (Oct. 9-15) about the critical role of local water supplies in fighting fires and safeguarding public safety.

Sufficient, reliable water supplies provide the adequate pressure and ample amounts of water needed to suppress fires and to prevent a tiny spark from turning into a raging inferno.

This year, prolonged record-high temperatures and record-low precipitation continue to tax already dwindling and limited water supplies as drought conditions expand and worsen throughout New England, according to the latest update from the U.S. Drought Monitor.

Despite recent rainfall, double-digit participation deficits remain in many areas, forcing some utilities to activate emergency supplies.

I urge all Connecticut residents and businesses to conserve water, especially at this time, so utilities can continue to provide essential water service including fire protection.

To further promote public safety, I join the National Fire Protection Association this week in stressing: Don’t Wait: Check the Date! Replace Smoke Alarms Every 10 Years.

In addition, I speak for all of our 2,570 members in saluting and thanking our firefighters and other first responders for their courageous, dedicated, and selfless service every day of the year.
Stephen J. Ryan, Executive Director
New England Water Works Association
125 Hopping Brook Road
Holliston, MA, Oct. 6