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Tuesday, 27 September 2016 05:25

NPU issues Water Supply Watch in response to on-going drought conditions in the region

With drought-like conditions persisting in the region, NPU has issued a Water Supply Watch and is encouraging both commercial and residential customers to be cautious in their use of water until conditions improve.

As of last Friday, there have been only 1.64 inches of precipitation at NPU's Deep River Reservoir in Lebanon, and 2.16 inches at the Stony Brook Reservoir in Montville during the month of September.  NPU's total reservoir capacity is currently 65.6%, which is approximately 215 days of supply.

At 100% capacity, NPU's two reservoirs have nearly 1.8 billion gallons of water, enough for 321 days of supply.

As part of the Water Supply Watch, NPU is taking a number of steps to conserve its water supply including:
1. Conducting in-house management measures to maximize existing supplies, such as reviewing and adjusting where needed our leak detection and repair program.
2. Postponing non-essential repairs that could result in reduced supply.
3. Reducing internal water usage, i.e., eliminating any hydrant flushing on the NPU system.

NPU is also implementing a voluntary appeal for water conservation by commercial and residential customers by requesting that all non-essential water use be postponed or minimized. Examples include:
1. Reduced lawn and garden watering
2. Reduced car washing
3. Installation of water-saving fixtures
4. Postponing the filling of swimming pools

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