This past week Governor Ned Lamont declared a Stage 3 (moderate) drought level for New London and Windham counties. The announcement was made at the recommendation of the Connecticut Interagency Drought Workgroup due to serious conditions that are emerging in these areas due to a particularly dry summer.
Cumulative precipitation in the Groton area is approximately five inches below the recorded 91-year average. At present Groton Utilities water customers should have no concerns, as water supplies are at 84% capacity with well over two billion gallons of water available.
The Groton Utilities watershed covers 15 square miles and is very resilient, and even a minimal rainfall can substantially improve water supply. Groton Utilities has a specific operating plan for its reservoir system during drought conditions that is utilized to minimize evaporation, ensure water quality, maintain proper water levels and preserve groundwater reserves. Be assured that Groton Utilities is prepared for drought and any other emergency conditions at all times and has a sufficient supply of water.
If you have any questions or concerns about our current water supply levels and how it affects you, please visit our website or reach out to Customer Service at 860-446-4000. Further updates will be posted when available.
About Groton Utilities: Serving the Community since 1904, Groton Utilities is a municipally owned and operated utility providing electric, water and sewage services to thousands of consumers in Southeastern Connecticut.Tags: declaration, drought, Groton Utilities