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How to Beat the Drought this Winter

Half of Connecticut is in an extreme drought this winter. The National Drought Monitor website shows that 44.5 percent of CT state falls into the extreme drought category, 24.8 percent considered in “severe drought,” and 30.7 percent in “moderate” drought.

The Hartford Courant stated, “Late last month, Gov. Dannel P. Malloy requested that all Connecticut residents and businesses voluntarily restrict water use and state officials issued their first-ever “drought watch” for counties in the western and central portions of Connecticut.”

 

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John Woike / Hartford Courant A panorama view of Wassel Reservoir in Southington is way below it’s normal levels as many cities and counties in the state of Connecticut are facing severe drought conditions as reservoirs and wells are drained of their natural resource, water. This reservoir feeds New Britain who announced today that city officials are preparing to buy water from the Metropolitan District Commission.

 

While lawn-care and irrigation will not take up a lot of the water that you use in your household, there are still things that you can do to cut down on your water usage during the drought: 

  • Never pour water down the drain when there may be another use for it. Use it to water your indoor plants or garden.
  • Make sure your home is leak-free. Check your water meter when you are certain that no water is being used. If the meter reading changes, you have a leak! Repair dripping faucets by replacing washers. One drop per second wastes 2,700 gallons of water per year.
  • Take shorter showers. Replace your showerhead with an ultra-low-flow version.
  • Turn off the tap when hand washing dishes and brushing your teeth.
  • Capture the runoff from rain and snow into a barrel to water any winter garden vegetables
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Last month’s drought chart shows the conditions. This month they are reportedly worse.

We hope that these tips will help you conserve during the drought!