October 14, 2020 – As statewide drought conditions persist, Norwich Public Utilities (NPU) is asking that residential and commercial customers consider making reasonable adjustments to their water use until conditions in the region improve.

“While this is not an emergency situation, we are asking our customers to help us manage through the current conditions and cut back their water use whenever they can,” said Chris LaRose, General Manager of NPU. “A few small adjustments in daily routines can make a big difference if enough people respond to our request.”

NPU’s two reservoirs are tracking slightly below their 5-year normal cycle and are at 76% of overall storage capacity. The utility continues to closely monitor its reservoir levels, daily consumer demands, and internal water uses.

NPU and the State Department of Public Health are asking the public to consider the following tips for conserving water:

  • Turn off sprinklers for the season – if you must water your lawn, limit it to once a week
  • Postpone the planting of any new lawns or vegetation. If you must plant, chose drought-resistant options
  • Refrain from any unnecessary or wasteful uses of water, such as rinsing sidewalks, driveways, or patios
  • Run dishwashers or washing machines with full loads only
  • Do not leave a faucet running when washing dishes, shaving, brushing teeth, and washing hands
  • Take shorter showers; reduce your time in the shower by one minute a day until you are in and out of the shower in under five minutes
  • Avoid power washing homes and buildings and washing vehicles

Fix any leaks in and around your home or business immediately