Browns Reservoir just over the Wilton/N.Y. state border. (photo: Carrie Tobias)

The following is a press release from the Town of Wilton. 

On Thursday, Aug. 18, Gov. Ned Lamont declared Fairfield County and five other counties continue to remain at a Stage 2 drought level, meaning an incipient drought.  New London and Windham Counties were declared to have moved to Stage 3, meaning a moderate drought.

Despite remaining in Stage 2, Wilton residents have reported capacity issues with their wells. To avoid further stressing water supplies and other impacts of drought, the governor encouraged voluntarily measures, including the following:

  • Reduce, to the extent possible, the watering of lawns, recreational and athletic fields, gardens, or other landscaped areas (if watering is essential, late evening hours are best)
  • Avoid burning in or near woodlands or brushlands
  • Postpone the planting of any new lawns or vegetation
  • Minimize overall water use by fixing leaky plumbing and fixtures
  • Take shorter showers
  • Run dishwashers and clothes washing machines with full loads
  • Shut off water while washing dishes, shaving, brushing teeth, and lathering up to wash hands, rather than running the water continuously
  • Avoid washing vehicles or power-washing homes and other buildings
  • Do not use water to clean sidewalks, driveways, and roads
  • Do not use public water to fill residential swimming pools

Residents and businesses on public water should follow additional conservation requests issued by their water supplier.

Learn more about drought conditions and conservation measures online.

One reply on “Wilton Remains at Stage 2 Drought Level”

  1. Maybe Wilton should ban underground sprinkler systems that do not meet up to a code where they do not sprinkle in the rain, towards a street, and are not using an extraordinary amount of water for a property because they tend to drain neighboring wells. Should the systems not meet those requirements, the homeowner should be fined. I am not sure if a permit is required for the systems, but at the very least neighboring homes should be notified of a planned underground sprinkler system. Especially during with an expected drought.

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