Friday, October 28, 2016
Gov. Dannel P. Malloy today announced a Drought Watch for Fairfield and six other western and central Connecticut counties, the second of four stages that respond to drought conditions in the state.
Under the Drought Watch, the state requests residents, businesses, and local governments in these counties to voluntarily reduce their water use by around 15 percent.
It is the first Drought Watch issued in the state since the Connecticut Interagency Drought Workgroup published in 2003 an emergency plan for dealing with a drought in the state,
“After three years of precipitation shortfalls, we are moving to a Drought Watch and it would be extremely helpful if residents could be mindful of their water consumption and take sensible steps to help stretch our water supply,” Malloy said.
The Drought Watch applies to Fairfield, Hartford, Litchfield, Middlesex, New Haven, and Torrington Counties.
A previously announced Drought Advisory that went into effect statewide in June will remain for New London and Windham Counties, where residents, businesses, and local governments are asked to reduce usage by around 10 percent.
Unlike a Storm Watch that is issued when bad weather is possible, a Drought Watch means that the state is already experiencing moderate to severe drought conditions, Malloy’s office said in announcing the action.
A decision to issue a Drought Watch is based on an assessment of indicator data monitored by state and federal agencies, including precipitation, stream flows, groundwater levels, reservoirs status, soil moisture, vegetation, and fire danger conditions.
While this is the state’s first Drought Watch, lower-level Drought Advisories were previously declared in 2002, 2007, 2010, and earlier this year. A Drought Watch is the second of four stages of drought defined in the Connecticut Drought Preparedness and Response Plan.
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