Aquarion Water Company urges voluntary water conservation

With a lack of significant rainfall, and as a result of the Connecticut Department of Public Health’s advisory for voluntary water conservation, Aquarion Water Company is asking its customers to voluntarily conserve water and stop non-essential outdoor water use. Connecticut is currently experiencing conditions ranging from “abnormally dry” to “moderate drought” due to an extended dry spell, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).

With below average rainfall and water demand 9.3% higher this season compared to the same period last year, and using over 9 million gallons more per day, Aquarion’s reservoirs and wells are below normal capacity

“Due to current conditions, Aquarion is advising customers to voluntarily reduce their water use,” said Charles V. Firlotte, Aquarion President and CEO. “It is important for all of our customers to assist in this effort, to ensure everyone in our entire at-large community has the water they need, when they need it.”

Aquarion recommends ways to use water more efficiently, while helping conservation efforts:

• Consider shutting off irrigations systems for the season or reduce irrigation to twice a week.  With cooler temperatures, lawns and shrubs require an inch or less of water per week

• Allow grass to grow longer; taller grass is healthier and requires less water

• Use brooms or blowers instead of water to clean decks, driveways and sidewalks

• Don’t wash cars or boats with a hose

• Shut off ornamental water displays

• Do not leave water running while washing hands, shaving, or brushing teeth

• Take shorter showers

• Hand-wash dishes in a basin, not under running water

• Repair leaks in plumbing and fixtures

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  • George Mulligan

    Water conservation and delivery has existed for thousands of years from before and during the Roman Empire which created Aqueducts and other structures.

    The moon helps create 2 tides in and 2 tides out – almost daily.
    * Water Mills, Water gates, and variations of Archimedes screw use water to generate power long before century of Dams like Hoover Dam and TVA harnessed water power for on demand hydroelectric generators.
    * Combinations of these can create potable drinking water, with the majority of the earth’s surface covered with water.

    Are there real problems? Yes
    Were many problems created by people? Yes
    Can solutions be created to solve most of those problems? Yes
    Next post – Some possible Solutions:

  • George Mulligan

    Some possible Solutions to water shortage issues: (I have many links)

    U.S. Navy Has the Solution to Rising Sea Levels: Drink It – October 5th, 2009 by Tina Casey
    In its search for more fuel efficient ways to provide drinking water for long sea voyages and remote bases, the U.S. Navy has developed a second-generation desalination unit that use 65% less energy than conventional technology.

    It’s only in the prototype stage but the Navy is already looking beyond seagoing use, and has deployed an earlier version of the technology to provide emergency water supply to disaster areas. –

    – Called the EUWP (Expeditionary Unit Water Purification Program) Gen 2, the new unit also offers a significant secondary benefit that applies to land operations.

    By providing an on-site source for potable water, it eliminates the need to run convoys of tanker trucks.

    The generators that power the EUWP units still use conventional fuel, but that
    could change. If they could be adapted to run cost-effectively on solar power and other sustainable energy, the door is open to desalination on a mass scale.

    The U.S. Navy and Desalination – The U.S. Navy EUWP Gen 2 Desalinator – More Desalination on the Horizon


    For Drinking Water in Drought, California Looks Warily to Sea – By JUSTIN GILLISAPRIL 11, 2015
    CARLSBAD, Calif. — Every time drought strikes California, the people of this state cannot help noticing the substantial reservoir of untapped water lapping at their shores
    — 187 quintillion gallons of it, more or less, shimmering so invitingly in the sun.


    Growing food in the desert: is this the solution to the world’s food crisis?

    Philipp Saumweber is creating a miracle in the barren Australian outback, growing tons of fresh food. So why has he fallen out with the pioneering environmentalist who invented the revolutionary system? – Nov 24, 2012

  • George Mulligan

    greenhouses to bring life to the desert –The guardian Sept 2, 20008

    The planned project would use solar power to evaporate salt water, generating cool air and pure water thereby allowing food to be grown.

    Vast greenhouses that use seawater to grow crops could be combined with solar power plants to provide food, fresh water and clean energy in deserts, under an ambitious proposal from a team of architects and engineers.

    The Sahara Forest project would marry huge greenhouses with concentrated solar power (CSP), which uses mirrors to focus the sun’s rays and generate heat and
    electricity. The installations would turn deserts into lush patches of vegetation, according to its designers, and without the need to dig wells for fresh water, which has depleted acquifers in many parts of the world.
    The team includes one of the lead architects behind Cornwall’s Eden project and demonstration plants are already running in Tenerife, Oman and the United Arab Emirates.
    Plants cannot grow in deserts because of the extreme temperatures and lack of nutrients and water. Charlie Paton, one of the Sahara Forest team and the inventor of the seawater greenhouse concept, said his technology was a proven way to transform arid environments.

  • George Mulligan

    Norman Ernest Borlaug (March 25, 1914 – September 12,
    2009) ]was an American biologist, humanitarian and Nobel laureate who has been
    called “the father of the Green Revolution”, “agriculture’s greatest spokesperson and “The Man Who Saved A Billion Lives.”
    ============================================================== … “Being new to the citrus industry, we did our own on-farm
    test with tree T-PEE. In a short period of time, we saw a substantial difference in water savings and tree growth.” -James Williams, Arcadia FL

    “As a tree planter, I would strongly recommend the use of the tree T-PEE. It creates a mini-greenhouse atmosphere, holding in the moisture and heat. You can grow a tree faster and use lesswater.” -Matt Moye, Citrus Solutions › Money Apr 29, 2014 – The first of its kind, the Tree-T-Pee is a water containment system for agribusinesses. Tree-T-Pee creator and farmer Johnny Georges created …

  • George Mulligan
    • Lauren Hill

      who are you posting all of this for?!?!

  • Lorraine Cecile Benoit Calzett

    Im urging CUT IN COST.

    • WellDressed1

      What does a cut in cost have to do with there being a drought?

  • Lorraine Cecile Benoit Calzett

    Nothing well dressed after all when you use Less but pay more you say aquarion cares about the planet wow sounds like the Harkins group. You are really something . I could usevyou as a financial planner

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