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As spring nears, Stamford officials address drought and irrigation

Monday, March 20, 2017   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Erica Fearn
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STAMFORD — Irrigation is the focus of conservation efforts in the wake of an ongoing drought that officials say could linger for months — if not years.

Lawn-watering accounts for most of the discretionary water use in Stamford, Greenwich, Darien and New Canaan, Stamford Mayor David Martin said Monday.

Martin said there’s a false belief the new high-rises in Harbor Point and elsewhere in Stamford account for a surge in water use. It’s actually single-family residences that more than double their intake in the warmest months, he said.

“Single-family residences are the single-largest user by far,” he said. “The new apartment buildings are putting very little additional demand on the system.”

Martin, joined by officials from Aquarion Water Co. and surrounding towns, discussed conservation policies with irrigation contractors, landscapers and arborists Monday at a town hall meeting at the University of Connecticut-Stamford.

The state is experiencing its worst drought in 50 years after more than 30 months of below-average rainfall that has starved reservoirs in Stamford, Greenwich and Bridgeport.

“This has happened before and it will happen again,” Martin said. “But there is a growing concern this is not just a temporary phenomenon, but that this may become more a permanent phenomenon.”

The city passed an ordinance last month requiring irrigation contractors to install rain sensors — already required by the state — and provide homeowners with instructions on how to shut off their systems.  READ MORE

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