BRIDGEPORT, CONN. – March 31, 2021 – Aquarion Water Company today announced a mandatory sprinkler irrigation schedule for customers in East Granby, Granby, and Simsbury. The schedule will help to conserve water supplies by reducing overwatering of lawns and gardens through a maximum two days per week schedule. The purpose of this conservation program is to ensure that local water supplies remain sufficient for critical needs such as human consumption and fire protection.
A similar watering schedule launched in southwestern Connecticut in 2017, and since that time has contributed to more than two billion gallons of water being saved. These conservation efforts have also helped towns in southwestern Connecticut avoid a complete ban on outdoor water use during dry summer months. Through customer adoption of the irrigation schedule, Aquarion expects to save millions of gallons of water this year.
Research shows lawns and gardens can thrive on reduced watering. By encouraging roots to grow deeper into the soil, they’re able to absorb more moisture and nutrients, even during dry spells. Customers may continue using drip irrigation, soaker hoses and hand-held watering at any time.
Homes and businesses with automatic sprinkler irrigation systems often use large volumes of water – about 40% more than properties without the systems. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and other experts identify the overuse of outdoor irrigation as a major source of strain on local water supplies while providing no benefit to lawns and gardens.
Aquarion Water Company is the public water supply company for more than 625,000 people in 53 cities and towns throughout Connecticut, as well as serving customers in Massachusetts and New Hampshire. It is the largest investor-owned water utility in New England and among the seven largest in the U.S. Based in Bridgeport, CT, it has been in the public water supply business since 1857. Across its operations, Aquarion strives to act as a responsible steward of the environment and to assist the communities it serves in promoting sustainable practices. Aquarion Water Company is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Eversource.