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    Sunday, September 25, 2022

    Norwich Public Utilities asks customers to conserve water

    Norwich ― As statewide drought conditions persist, Norwich Public Utilities is asking residential and commercial customers make reasonable adjustments to their water use until conditions in the region improve.

    “While this is not an urgent request, we are asking our customers to help us manage through the current conditions and cut back their water use whenever they can over the next four to five weeks,” NPU General Manager Chris LaRose said in a news release. “If we can get a large number of customers make a few small adjustments in their daily routines, we can minimize the impact of the drought on our water supply.”

    NPU’s two reservoirs are tracking slightly below their five-year normal cycle and are at 82.8% of overall storage capacity. The utility currently has approximately 262 days of water in place. NPU continues to closely monitor its reservoir levels, daily consumer demands and internal water uses, the news release said.

    NPU is asking the public to consider the following tips for conserving water in the days ahead:

    •Turn off sprinklers for the season. If you must water your lawn, limit it to once a week.

    •Postpone planting 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.

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