High temperatures, low rainfall and high water demands have reduced reservoir levels.
Aquarion says that Westport customers — under a mandatory, twice-weekly irrigation schedule — are asked to continue reducing water usage by 20 percent.
If the last number of your address is even, you should water only on Sundays and Wednesdays, 12:01 a.m. to 10 a.m. or 6 p.m. to midnight. If the last number is odd, watering should take place Saturdays and Tuesdays (same times as above). If you have no street number, water Sundays and Wednesdays (as above).
Based on current water demands and expected rainfall, additional mandatory restrictions may be required in the coming weeks.
Aquarion offers these tips for efficient water usage:
- Adjust your lawn mower to a higher setting. A taller lawn provides shade to the roots and helps retain soil moisture.
- Reduce your sprinkler setting to 2 days per week. The grass roots will grow deeper and make your grass more drought tolerant.
- Adjust your sprinklers so they water your lawn and garden, not the street or sidewalk.
- Turn off your irrigation system; use hand watering or drip irrigation for shrubs and flowers.
- Inspect your irrigation system for leaks, broken lines or blockage in the lines. A well-maintained system saves you money, water and time.
- Turn off water while lathering, shaving, or brushing your teeth.
- Minimize the amount of water you use for baths. Trim 1 minute off the length of your showers.
- Wash only full loads in your dishwasher and washing machine.
- Hand wash dishes in a pan or the sink, not under continuous running water.
- Reuse dehumidifier water. or use a bucket to capture shower and bath water while you wait for it to warm up; use the water to water your plants.
Click here for more tips.
Amy Smith knows education. A 2011 Staples High School graduate who taught 1st and 4th grades at Long Lots Elementary School — and the daughter of Bedford Middle School 6th grade science teacher Liz Smith — she and her mom created a company with a very modern mission.
Called My Covid Color, the aim is to keep students, families and educators safe during the return-to-school process.
Their My Covid Color wristbands come in red, yellow and green. The colors indicate the wearer’s comfort level for social distancing in public.
Red means you need others more than 6 feet away. Yellow means you need others 6 feet away, while green indicates you are comfortable with people being closer than 6 feet.
Of course, they’re not just for school. Anyone of any age can wear a wristband, anywhere in public. Click here for details, and purchase information.
“06880” gives My Covid Color an A+. And a gold star too.
Dog lovers, wag your tails: Leashed dogs are now allowed back at all Aspetuck Land Trust nature preserves (except those specifically reserved as wildlife refuges — click here for more information). NOTE:
- Dogs must be leashed (except for certain off-leash areas).
- Leashes must be 6 feet or less
- Dogs must be reined in when approaching other people (and dogs), to prevent contact
- Owners must remove their pet’s waste.
For more Aspetuck Land Trust info, click here.
Rio Bravo restaurant on Post Road East — known for its good food, large portions and reasonable prices — is closed. The interior has already been cleaned out.
The Fairfield location remains open, however. (Hat tip: Dick Lowenstein)
Staples High School graduate Jonathan Kaner is now an economics major at the University of Michigan. He’s part of TAMID Group, which consults with Israeli startups. He was ready for an internship in Israel this summer. Then COVID struck.
In true entrepreneurial spirit, Jonathan and 2 friends — including Westporter Alex Reiner — started a clothing brand.
They’re already making high-quality hoodies, with unique features like holographic foil printing. In the works: t-shirts, sweatpants and shorts.
Jonathan’s company is Low Maintenance — that’s the name, and also the “loungewear meets streetwear” concept. Click here for products and more.
And finally … 51 years after its release, “Bad Moon Rising” sounds as apocalyptically apt as ever.
Yet despite its “voice of rage and ruin,” Creedence Clearwater Revival’s classic also contains a classic misheard lyric: “There’s a bathroom on the right.”
That’s what John Fogerty sang — with a knowing wink — at the Levitt Pavilion a couple of years ago. He’s 75 now, and despite all those earthquakes and lightning, he’s made it to 2020 looking and sounding great.