DPH: Drought and Conservation

 

Drinking Water |Conservation

Water conservation practices are a critical role in reducing the amount of wasted drinking water within our homes, our work environments, local communities and statewide. “Water Conservation generally refers to a reduction in the amount of water used,” as defined by The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Water use reduction and conservation practices start with YOU! We encourage you to check out our links below for guidance and help in finding methods to reduce your water consumption.

Conservation Quick Tips Flyer      

v Water Conservation Recommendations – The Water Conservation Recommendations document covers a much larger scale of how to reduce water consumption in a multitude of different methods and practices. This informative documents not only provides interesting facts about drinking water but also tips on how to cut back on water usage.

 

Drinking Water | Efficiency

Water efficiency is a closely related but different genre in reducing water usage. Gaining efficiency in water usage is being able to do the same processes with less water while still maintaining the same outcome. “Water Efficiency generally refers to conserving water with water-saving technologies,” as defined by The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Water efficiency can also offer opportunities to save on money and energy usage. For example, shorter showers and colder showers will reduce your run time on your water heater, which could ultimately provide energy savings and thus costs savings. We encourage you to check out our links below for guidance and help in finding methods to gain water efficiency.

Efficiency Quick Tips Flyer

Innovation and Trends Quick Tips Flyer

Best Practices to Consider When Evaluating Water Conservation and Efficiency as an Alternative for Water Supply Expansion

The Connecticut Drought of 2016 | Guidance

The Connecticut drought of 2016 escalated for several counties, this historic event became a reminder to many that we often overuse our resource of drinking water for unnecessary practices or exceed a reasonable scale of quantity of consumption. As a result of the drought, the citied information previously of conservation and efficiency when it comes to drinking water is critical with taking immediate action to reduce and save water.

v Drought Guidance – Our Drought Guidance document is a further look into what a drought consists of and how to reduce water depletion. A look at the related leadership roles and importance of each person and/or public water systems impact is highlighted throughout the material. 

 Everything is related... PLEASE remember when water is used wisely:

-           YOU Save Water

-           YOU Save Money

-           YOU Save Energy

Information on statewide drought status can be found at CT Water Status. All Connecticut residents and businesses are requested to voluntarily reduce water demand by 10 percent in drought advisory counties and 15 percent in the counties in a drought watch.  Reductions in outdoor water use are encouraged as the best way to meet conservation goals. Various Public Water systems have also reached their individual drought trigger levels and have requested their own conservation methods, click here for a list of those systems. Please see the links below or refer to your water system for conservation methods.

Water Conservation Fact Sheets

Water Efficiency Measures for Residences (pdf)

EPA's "When in Drought Use Your WaterSense" (pdf)

Reservoir Data:  The Drinking Water Section monitors reservoir levels submitted by the 34 public water systems that utilize surface water supplies. Current reservoir capacity levels are compared to historical records, noting any trends that may be indicative of approaching drought conditions. This information is collected monthly and detailed data can be viewed below.

Current Statewide Reservoir Capacity Chart (pdf)

Monthly Reservoir Status Summary (pdf)

Public Water Supply Capacity Reporting

      

      Ground Water Capacity Reporting :

Groundwater_Level_Monitoring_and_Reporting_Form (xlsx)


FAQs for Groundwater Level Form (pdf)


      Surface Water Capacity Reporting :

Surface Water Reporting Form(Revised 10/28/2016) (pdf)

Surface Water Reporting Form Instructions (pdf) 

Bulk Water Hauling

Bulk Water Hauling





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