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7/18/2022 - Drought Conditions Declared / Water Conservation Encouraged


Clifford J. Hurgin Municipal Center

1 School Street, Bethel, Connecticut 06801

Telephone: (203) 794-8549

Fax:  (203) 794-8767




Drought Conditions Declared / Water Conservation Encouraged


The State of Connecticut, on July 14, 2022 declared that all of Connecticut is experiencing Stage 2 Drought conditions due to below normal precipitation.  This was declared following a recommendation of the State’s Interagency Drought Workgroup. Residents and businesses are being encouraged to voluntarily undertake water conservation measures to minimize future drought impacts as the summer progresses.


Bethel Water Department customers are encouraged to practice water conservation and help conserve water by following the tips listed here.  We are also encouraging customers follow a no more than twice-a-week lawn watering schedule.  The proposed schedule and watering tips will conserve water by reducing overwatering of lawns and provide balance to the system.  Local conservation efforts can ensure that water supplies remain sufficient for critical needs such as human consumption and fire protection.


            Watering tips:


Even numbered addresses water on Sundays and Wednesdays

Odd numbered addresses water on Saturdays and Tuesdays

Avoid watering between 10am and 6pm – evaporation rates are highest

No watering hard surfaces

No watering during precipitation events or in advance of precipitation


Outdoor watering is considered non-essential and can account for up to 30% to 40% of the total water use of many accounts, especially those with automatic sprinkler systems that frequently over irrigate the landscape.  


Research has shown that lawns and gardens can thrive on reduced watering.  Less frequent watering encourages deeper root growth where they are able to absorb more moisture and nutrients, increasing their resilience to drought and disease.  Lawns and gardens need only 1 inch of water every 5 to 10 days.


A similar schedule has been implemented throughout CT following the 2016 drought conditions and worked to save water.  This schedule has been modeled after being successfully implemented in Dallas, TX since 2012.  The research has shown that lawns and gardens thrived within this program despite Dallas average summer temperatures being 100 warmer and receiving 7” less rain during the growing season than Fairfield County, CT.