Water, Water — Not Everywhere

Despite recent rains, Connecticut remains mired in a drought.

A long, serious drought.

It has not gotten much attention. But it’s here. And it’s real.

Aquarion has asked customers to reduce water consumption by 20 percent. That’s a lot.

It’s also 5 percent more than Governor Malloy requested, just a month ago.

Aquarion says that from Greenwich to Bridgeport, its reservoirs are between 15 and 60 percent of capacity. The company is building temporary pipelines to balance supply among reservoirs. But more action is needed.

As wells run dry — among other effects — all residents are asked to take shorter showers, shut off water while brushing teeth, and do fewer loads of laundry.

Click here for information on stream flow, groundwater and related issues.

Click here for a “drought monitor” website.

And start hoping for a very snowy winter.

One solution to the drought.

One solution to the drought.

9 responses to “Water, Water — Not Everywhere

  1. Just finished reading how the 3-4000 year old Giant Sequoias out west have dead canopy tops but are doing better then all the 10’s of millions of dead and dying trees out west due to the prolonged drought. I had thought we in CT were not experiencing the same, thanks Dan for alerting me to extent of our local issue. Hoping for a snowy winter would be mixed blessings since 12″ of snow is roughly equivalent to just 1″ of water. Enough snow to change this drought would bury us in death other issues. The more immediate problem we as citizens need to address I understand that the incoming administration doesn’t think there is a problem with climate change. We each need to do our part but we need strategic national leadership to get everyone moving in the right direction to at least accomplish what is possible…Globally. Just as in medicine money can only solve problems if it is spent on addressing the reason for the problem and not the symptom.

    • sorry for the typo’s in the last post. Since i’m here wanted to add that the Big Island in Hawaii is under flood watch after receiving 2 ft of snow Thursday along with massive rainfall and heavy winds with more heavy snow & rain coming. Unprecedented weather. In school I trained as a scientist there I learned the mantra of all scientific pursuits ; Cause & Effect.

      • Sharon Paulsen

        Great points, Mark. I agree.

        I recently read about the snow in Hawaii too. The news source I read it from, however, treated it as a “normal” occurance.

        I swear, I’ve had enough of MSM ignoring the real, big-picture-problems of our unprecedented climate and pollution issues.

        And it’s absolutely frightening to think what effects the Trump admin will have on our already fragile environmental situation.

        A clear and present danger.

        • Imagine Al’s meeting with Donald? Did they really talk climate change or how the heck Al lost to George? An inconvient truth, indeed.

    • Mary (Cookman) Schmerker Staples 1958

      Thank you Mark. Climate change is a real issue that needs thoughtful study and attention.

  2. Michael Calise

    Unsaid here is that our sewer treatment plant pumps millions of gallons into Long Island sound instead of returning it to our aquifers for repenishment

  3. We have a drought and Niagara Water is pulling 1 million gallons of water a day out of our aquifer in Brookfield, and they are paying less money than the consumers

    Read in the link below what Rep. Craig Miner was able to pull off.


    The water companies are also fighting full disclosure of their/our water assets to the state. Water supply information has been redacted, and the state is unable to assemble a comprehensive water plan it assure safe drinking water for it’s citizens.

  4. Just read that a climate change denier has been picked to head the EPA.

  5. Luisa Francoeur

    Thank you, Cathy, for your post. I was wondering if Aquarion had sold off any of the watershed land. I remember in the 80’s when lower Fairfield county had drought conditions but Westport was okay because Bridgeport Hydraulic had plenty of land. What options does the State have at its disposal for this problem?