May 11, 2017
CT Green Guide

CT's first drought watch ends

With precipitation levels improving, a group of state officials last week downgraded Connecticut's first ever drought watch to a lower-level drought advisory.

The Connecticut Interagency Drought Workshop implemented the drought watch in October for six counties. That watch, affecting six counties, ended May 3, when the group downgraded the drought watch a drought advisory the lowest level of drought in the state's preparedness plan.

The group, which receives technical assistance from federal agencies, bases its decisions on precipitation levels, stream flows, groundwater levels, reservoir levels and other factors.

A drought advisory is now in effect for the entire state. The state previously declared drought advisories in 2016, 2010, 2007 and 2002.

As of May 9, the National Drought Mitigation Center, located in Nebraska, listed most of Hartford County and parts of neighboring counties as "abnormally dry," its lowest intensity level.

State officials are still urging businesses and residents to continue to follow conservation requests from their water suppliers and municipalities.

As of May 1, there were mandatory water restriction still in effect in Bristol, Greenwich, Stamford and Mystic, according to the Department of Public Health.

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