Last week, we reported that the drought is over. That’s according to a coalition of state agencies, which says the drought advisory issued last summer can now be lifted.
More precisely, the Connecticut Interagency Drought Workgroup has determined stream and ground water levels, as well as water levels at most of the state’s water company reservoirs, are normal or above normal across much of Connecticut. Drinking water reservoirs have improved and average levels statewide were at more than 100 percent of normal as of the end of April.
For the improvement, we have to thank a very rainy May - and if predictions are correct, we’re getting more of the same today.
Good news! But let’s hope that, as a community, we’ve learned our lesson. As much as we love those sunny summer days, too many of them lead to drought conditions.
And even when it rains regularly, we should use water wisely. In fact, the workgroup announced a lower-level Drought Advisory will remain in effect for all of the state’s eight counties, adding that streamflow and groundwater levels have demonstrated some volatility and remain vulnerable.
As a result, the workgroup still is asking people to practice smart water conservation techniques. The group advises that reducing outdoor water use can be an especially effective conservation measure, particularly as the warmer seasonal weather approaches. During the irrigation season, many people use more water for lawn irrigation than for all other purposes combined.
Sure, a green lawn can be a source of pride but, stacked up against the kind of water issues we faced last year, it is a luxury, not a necessity.