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MDC Reservoirs Remain at Normal Levels, No Drought Restrictions Required

West Hartford Reservoir No. 1. Courtesy of MDC (we-ha.com file photo)

The MDC has advised that despite the dry weather, no water use restrictions are being required in West Hartford or other member towns, and reservoirs remain at normal levels.

By Ronni Newton

Some Connecticut communities are being asked to conserve water due to recent dry conditions – including customers served by Aquarian Water Company in many Fairfield County towns – but the Metropolitan District Commission (MDC), which provides water for the Town of West Hartford, advised Thursday that its reservoirs remain at more than 90% capacity.

“Recently, several water companies in Connecticut have issued water conservation alerts to citizens, businesses, institutions and users of their potable water supply due to the recent lack of precipitation in the area.  While water conservation is always prudent, there are currently no mandatory or voluntary water use restrictions being requested of MDC customers,” the organization said in a news release Thursday.

Currently, the MDC reservoirs have a 600-day supply of water based on normal usage, even if there is no rainfall, the release states.

The MDC’s water supply includes local reservoirs in West Hartford and Bloomfield, as well as the 30.3 billion-gallon Barkhamsted Reservoir – the largest drinking water reservoir in the state –  and the 9.5 billion-gallon Nepaug Reservoir.

“When full, these two reservoirs store almost 40 billion gallons of water, a volume equivalent to 660 days of supply or 22 months of typical water use,” the MDC said.

The MDC said weather conditions and reservoir levels will continue to be monitored, and should water use restrictions become necessary, customers will be notified.

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