Drought Conditions Improve, but Streams Remain Low

Drought Conditions Improve, but Streams Remain Low.
Greenwich experienced about 15.4 inches of rainfall cumulatively over March, April and May, according to a water supply update issued by Aquarion Water Co. on June 9.
“Drinking water reservoirs have improved and average levels statewide were more than 100 percent of normal as of the end of April, with three systems at less than 90 percent of normal,” McClure said in his release.
Although efforts to refill the state’s reservoirs have been successful, Connecticut’s stream flow and groundwater levels remain below their historical average.
On March 6, the river averaged 14.6 cubic feet of water per second, and on March 14 it averaged 20.3 cubic feet of water per second.
Rippowam River remains at low flow—it is currently about four inches below the historical average for the month, and its stream flow has fallen to lower levels since the beginning of the month.
Over the week of June 4 through June 10, the river averaged at 29.4 cubic feet of water per second, while the same week has historically seen flow discharge rates of 55.9 cubic feet of water per second between 1976 and 2016.
In this region, because of the coolness and the natural rainfall we have, for the most part people can get away with watering once a week,” Savageau said.
“It’s going to require years of adding infrastructure and conservation to make up for the loss of water that’s no longer available,” Fazekas said.
“For us, that means increasing the amount of water from the Bridgeport system transported into Stamford and Greenwich.” People-Tag: Denise Savageau, Peter Fazekas, Rob Katz, Savagaeu Tags: drought, greenwich, water supply

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