MANDATORY WATER RESTRICTION
The Southington Water Department, in its continued commitment to supplying quality water to the residents of Southington, is requesting a mandatory water restriction in order to conserve water supply during the unusual warm weather conditions and lack of rain-fall. The Southington Water Department is mandating that customers limit the amount of outside water use and adhere to an Odd / Even watering. Odd / Even watering allows for properties with an even street number to water on even days of the month and the same for properties with odd street numbers to water on odd days of the month. The Odd / Even watering system also applies to washing cars, watering flowers and any other non-essential outside uses. For more information on how to conserve water please contact the Southington Water Department at 860-628-5593.
You can play a role in conserving water and saving yourself money in the process by becoming conscious of the amount of water your household is using and by looking for ways to use less whenever you can. It is not hard to conserve water. Here are a few tips:
Automatic dishwashers use 15 gallons for every cycle, regardless of how many dishes are loaded. So get a run for your money and load it to capacity.
Turn off the tap when brushing your teeth
Check every faucet in your home for leaks. Just a slow drip can waste 15 to 20 gallons a day. Fix it and you can save almost 6,000 gallons per year.
Check your toilets for leaks by putting a few drops of food coloring in the tank. Watch for a few minutes to see if the color shows up in the bowl. It is not uncommon to lose up to 100 gallons a day from an invisible toilet leak. Fix and you can save more than 30,000 gallons a year.
Use your water meter to detect hidden leaks. Simply turn off all taps and water using appliances. Then check the meter after 15 minutes. If it moved, you have a leak.
Running the water continuously while showering uses approximately 25 gallons. Wet down, Soap up and rinse uses 9 gallons. Save 16 gallons of water per shower.
DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC HEALTH
DRINKING WATER SECTION
Drought Guidance for Consumers
During periods of prolonged low precipitation, surface waters and aquifers used for public water supplies are slow to recharge; that is, replenish water being used by customers.
Operators of public water systems are experiencing such a condition at this time. To maintain uninterrupted water service, customers are called upon to assist their public water supply in conserving water so that remaining supplies can be extended until precipitation patterns improve and water supplies return to normal conditions.
What Can The Consumer Do?
By reducing water usage, each consumer can allow the system to save water that can be used in future months, should the dry conditions continue.
How Can I Do This?
Water conservation is simple. It is as easy as not letting water run while we wash or refraining from prolonged showers.
How Will I Know When To Do This?
The customers of Connecticut’s larger water companies receive conservation information annually, in billings. Public service announcements and informational bulletins are also occasionally provided. When water companies need consumers to practice voluntary or mandatory water conservation, they notify customers directly through mailing and may also use newspaper or radio messages to alert them.
What Causes Water Companies to Require Conservation?
All large drinking water systems serving 1,000 or more people in Connecticut operate under a Water Supply Plan reviewed and approved by the Department of Public Health. One element of the Plan is the steps to be taken in water supply emergencies. The Plan indicates what conditions, such as amount of water remaining in reservoirs, require specific conservation activities.
What Is Voluntary and Mandatory Conservation?
Requests to the public for voluntary conservation are usually associated with lower level concern for water supply availability. Here, the consumer is asked to try to reduce water usage. Requirements for consumers to save water under a mandatory notice indicate a more serious condition of the supply, requiring an immediate reduction in water usage. Usually, such measures as curtailing outdoor water use and restricting the amounts of water available to commercial users are called for. Failure to comply with the directive to conserve is enforceable by municipal ordinance
What Do Water Suppliers Do?
Water suppliers implement Water Supply Plan management measures designed to decrease water usage, or increase the availability of water by adding new sources or activating unused sources. Some systems have water sharing agreements with other systems and these are activated, as necessary. All large water systems have emergency measures that can be activated, as necessary. This system of planning and cooperation has allowed Connecticut suppliers to maintain service over numerous dry periods during the past 20 years.
What Is The Role Of The Agencies?
Local health departments work closely with their public during all health related events. Although local health officials are not directly responsible for regulating public water, they are an excellent source of information on public water supply status and private well water problems during these periods of water supply concern. Local health officials can also coordinate the services of all state agencies, as necessary and are in constant communication with the State Department of Public Health.
What Is The Role Of The Connecticut Department of Public Health?
The Department of Public Health has authority over all matters related to drinking water adequacy and purity. This Agency oversees the health issues associated with drinking water. During time of low precipitation, which impacts public water supplies, the Department increases its activities in monitoring water supply adequacy statewide and provides direct contact, communication and technical assistance to water suppliers in addressing engineering and health issues. The Department also coordinates communications between water suppliers and the Commissioner and to local health officials and the general public and media. It also serves to coordinate the availability of necessary services to areas of specific concerns. It maintains a 24-hour emergency telephone number and communicates with all local health agencies through its Health Alert Network.
Who Should I Contact With Questions?
Customers of public water suppliers should know their suppliers’ telephone number and contact the supplier directly with questions or for conservation information. The public should also be aware that their local health department or district, as well as the State Department of Public Health, is available for information and advice.
Should I Be Concerned?
Extending the availability of water during dry conditions is everyone’s responsibility. Please be aware of conservation requests and follow recommendations or directives. There may be occasions where water interruptions, water restrictions or quality upsets may occur. In such cases, information will be provided as to duration and possible concerns. Generally, there should be no concern for the safety of the water being delivered.
The Southington Board of Water Commissioners will hold a public
meeting to hear all residents who desire to be heard regarding the proposed
fiscal year 2016/2017 water rate and service charge increase. The meeting will be held on Thursday, June 9, 2016 at 5:45 p.m. at
the Department offices, 605 West Queen Street, Southington, CT. The proposed rate schedule and charges are
summarized as follows:
Cu. Ft. (CCF) New
Over 1000 $2.84/CCF
Service Charge New
Meter Size Service
HOLIDAYS AND DATES OBSERVED BY THE SOUTHINGTON WATER DEPT
- New Year’s Day Friday, January 1, 2016
- Martin Luther King Day Monday, January 18
- President’s Day Monday, February 15
- Good Friday Friday, March 25
- Memorial Day Monday, May 30
- Independence Day Monday, July 4
- Labor Day Monday, September 5
- Columbus Day Monday, October 10
- Veteran’s Day Friday, November 11
- Thanksgiving Day Thursday, November 24
- Day after Thanksgiving Friday, November 25
- Christmas Day Monday, December 26
NEW FIRE HYDRANT COLORS
The Southington Water Department has begun flow testing and painting all 1,389 public hydrants throughout the town of Southington. This process will take place over the next few years.
The colors on the newly painted hydrants were discussed with the Fire Department and were selected in accordance with the National Fire Protection Association’s recommendations for marking hydrants. Each color corresponds with the hydrant classification determined by flow rate in gallons per minute (gpm). The barrels of all public hydrants will be painted yellow. The caps and nozzles will be painted in accordance with the NFPA directive of light blue, green, orange, and red. The color codes provide valuable information to the Fire Department in its efforts to fight a fire.
Private fire hydrants are not the responsibility of the Southington Water Department. The Southington Fire Department has requested all private hydrant barrels be painted red with the caps painted in accordance with the NFPA color coding system. For any questions pertaining to maintenance and flow testing of private fire hydrants, please contact the Southington Water Department at 860-628-5593.