Local leaders meet to discuss drought, water conservation methods

Local leaders met behind closed doors Tuesday to discuss the drought and ways to conserve water. Elected officials from several local communities met at the

Elected officials from several local communities are meeting at the Government Center today to talk about the water crisis.

Elected officials from several local communities are meeting at the Government Center today to talk about the water crisis. (10/4/16)

STAMFORD - Local leaders met behind closed doors Tuesday to discuss the drought and ways to conserve water.

Elected officials from several local communities met at the Government Center after Aquarion issued a mandatory water ban in Greenwich, New Canaan, Darien and Stamford.

Local leaders also toured the Putnam reservoir in Greenwich. They say many reservoirs are dangerously low and about 10 inches of rain is needed to get them back up to a good level. They say the Putnam reservoir is currently at 22 percent.

Officials say Greenwich may only have enough water to last about 90 days if it doesn't get rain soon. They say the mandatory ban is working and they've seen a drop in water usage, but it's still not enough.

“We can't rely on the weather right now, so the only thing we can control is the uses or the outflows,” says New Canaan First Selectman Robert Mallozzi.

Stamford officials say the town will cut back on watering its golf courses, parks and sports fields. The say they will also stop washing city cars and trucks.

Meanwhile, Greenwich officials have started issuing tickets for watering lawns.

“There needs to be a wake-up call that green lawns might be nice but not at the expense of not having drinking water,” says Greenwich First Selectman Peter Tesei.

News 12 was told that Aquarion also started moving water from other parts of Connecticut to lower Fairfield County to help with the supply.  

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