The Department of Public Health (DPH) Drinking Water Section has requested for voluntary water conservation for Hartford, New London, Tolland, and Windham counties. This call for voluntary conservation does not pertain to Groton Utilities customers since we are regulated by the currently available water within the reservoirs, not by rainfall. However, we still encourage our customers to help conserve water during this period of below-average rainfall for the state.
DPH recommends the following water conservation measures for both public water users and private well owners:
- Turn off the sprinkler system for the season. If you must water your lawn, only do it once weekly.
- Postpone the planting of any new lawns or vegetation. If you must plant, choose drought resistant varieties.
- Refrain from unnecessary or wasteful uses of water, such as the rinsing of sidewalks, driveways, and patios (sweep or use a blower to clear debris).
- Run dishwashers and washing machines with full loads.
- Do not leave the faucet running unnecessarily when washing dishes, shaving, brushing teeth, and washing hands.
- Take shorter showers. Consider reducing your shower time by one minute each day until you are taking a five-minute shower.
- Avoid power washing buildings and washing vehicles.
- Fix leakages that you may find around the home or business.
Additionally, Groton Utilities recommends the following tips:
- Choose energy efficient appliances (washing machines, dishwashers) when replacing old ones.
- Older toilets use a large amount of water per flush. Consider investing in a low-flow toilet or a displacement device for the toilet tank.
- Consider adding a rain barrel to your garden for future water conservation efforts.