Did you know that sprinkler irrigation accounts for more than 30% of total U.S. household use and that more than 50% of that water is lost due to evaporation or over-watering? Indeed, much of the water used in sprinkler irrigation is unnecessary and wastes a tremendous amount of water. The fact is, lawns and gardens actually thrive on less water as root systems grow deeper into the soil for moisture and nutrients.
Also, despite what you may think, precipitation this year was still below normal levels. Due to mandatory sprinkler bans last summer, reservoirs are finally replenishing, but another drought this summer could have our water supplies plummeting to critical levels again. Whether you have a well or use town water, please be mindful of Aquarion's twice weekly irrigation schedule for this summer: http://www.aquarionwater.com/CT/faq-irrigation
Your lawn, garden and water supply will thank you.
GCA fully supports the State Water Plan as currently written and GCA submitted written testimony on this important piece of water conservation legislation on 4/13/2018.
Our support, however, is contingent on the designation of the water resources of our state as a "public trust". The notion that these precious resources should be granted any other status to companies for distribution to our residents, at their discretion, is unacceptable. Removal of that language in the final legislation will nullify our support.
If you care about CT's water resources, please consider attending the Legislative Hearing on the Water Plan on 4/17/18 in Hartford. Click here for details.