Connecticut drought conditions getting worse

Experts say this is the worst drought in the area since 2016 when water had to be pumped in from different parts of the state.

Mark Sudol

Aug 18, 2022, 9:39 PM

Updated 693 days ago

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The lack of rain is taking drought conditions in Connecticut to dangerous levels.
Experts say this is the worst drought in the area since 2016 when water had to be pumped in from different parts of the state.
Thursday a state agency addressed these dangerous conditions.
"That motion carries to move New London and Windham to a stage 3," said Martin Heft, Chair of the Connecticut Interagency Drought Workgroup.
The Connecticut Interagency Drought Workgroup voted Thursday to move Windham and New London counties to a stage 3 drought level. Stage 5 is the worst. The rest of the state is at stage 2.
The National Weather Service bumped up Fairfield and New Haven counties from abnormally dry to moderate drought.
The Connecticut Interagency Drought Workgroup says it feels the need to now work closer with the state's municipalities to monitor these conditions.
"We want to know on a weekly basis where you are with your water system, the triggers that you have and your plan," said Lori Mathieu, with the Connecticut Department of Public Health.
The Aquarion Water Company says its 4-billion-gallon reservoir in Easton is several feet below normal.
"We need to make sure folks continue to conserve water. It's important that we save the water we have now because once we're deep into the drought it's too late," said George Logan, with Aquarion Water Company.
Aquarion says this August is one of the driest on record. The utility is asking customers to limit their outdoor and indoor water use.
The National Weather Service says 75% of the state is under terrible drought conditions.
Aquarion is asking customers to limit the number of times they water their lawns to twice a week.


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