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United States Drought Monitor - Connecticut


September 8, 2020
City of Stamford - Declaration of a Water Emergency

Water supplies may reach dangerously low levels if no significant rainfall is received in the near future.  In order to enhance water conservation and help preserve water supplies needed for human consumption, sanitary purposes and fire protection, Mayor Harry Rilling is declaring a water emergency.  Chapter 57C of the Norwalk Code of Ordinances provides the Mayor with this authority.

This Water Emergency is effective on September 5, 2020 and will remain in effect until reserves reach an acceptable level. To see the irrigation schedule click here.


Two day a week watering restrictions by town:



New Canaan





Southwest Region Water Restrictions


Greenwich, Darien, Stamford, New Canaan, Westport and Newtown have outdoor watering restrictions for overhead watering using Aquarion water resources for 2018.


The CICA, the Towns and Aquarion have worked together on possible variances for these water restrictions.  Currently, Aquarion will be offering Variances for three categories: (1) New Planting, (2) Large Property Irrigation and (3) High-Efficiency Irrigation. 


The New Planting Variance provides a 5-week exemption to the restrictions for new landscaping with watering allowed before 10am and after 6pm on any day and must be requested through the website by the homeowner/builder. 


The process for both the Aquarion Large Property Irrigation and High-Efficiency Irrigation Variance is:

1.       Customer applies for one of the variances from the Aquarion website and receives a confirmation email, which will contain a clickable link to the Irrigation Evaluation Checklist, which will also be attached

2.       Customer gives Irrigation Evaluation Checklist to their Irrigation Contractor (or, the contractor may have a copy of the form already). 

3.       Irrigation Contractor fills out the Checklist, repairs any system problems, and signs the Checklist in good faith.  (Important Note: An Irrigation Evaluation Checklist must be filled out, system issues fixed, and the Checklist signed by the contractor in good faith before an Aquarion Assessment site visit. )

4.       Aquarion Assessors works with property‚Äôs Irrigation Contractor for the on-site visit to assess irrigation system.

5.       If Aquarion Assessor approves irrigation system, Aquarion will be contacted and a variance permit emailed to the customer.

6.       If Aquarion Assessor rejects the irrigation system, Aquarion will note reasons for rejection to the customer and contractor.  No conditional variance will be given.


Please be aware that both the Large Property Irrigation Variance and the High-Efficiency Irrigation Variance require an overall water savings goal that must be achieved to receive a new variance in subsequent years.  Make sure you read the details of each Variance and discuss with your customer.  It is suggested that you develop and coordinate a water savings plan with your customer that will provide the agreed upon decrease in water usage.


Water Planning Council and Drought Plan Documents

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Documents related to the CT State Water Plan and Drought Plan.
Item Name Posted By Date Posted
1711 CICA Comments to Water Planning Council PDF (339.97 KB) Administration 1/10/2018
Drought States and Action Steps In Connecticut PDF (279.39 KB) Administration 6/4/2018
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