UConn Issues Water Conservation Advisory

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The University is asking users to take voluntary measures to save water.


UConn is issuing a Stage IA Water Conservation Alert because seasonally dry conditions have reduced area stream flows.

The University’s water supply remains adequate to meet current and forecasted system demands and any emergency needs, such as firefighting.

Per UConn’s Water Supply Plan, the University is committed to operating an environmentally sustainable water supply system. Given current stream flow conditions and rainfall forecast, the University is asking students, faculty, staff, and off-campus municipal, commercial, and residential users to be conscientious about their daily water use and to conserve water voluntarily by doing the following:

  • Taking shorter showers;
  • Running dishwashers and clothes washing machines with full loads;
  • Shutting off water while washing dishes, shaving, brushing teeth, and lathering up to wash hands, rather than running the water continuously;
  • Avoiding vehicle washing or power-washing homes and other buildings;
  • Not using water to clean sidewalks, driveways, or roads;
  • Reducing, to the extent possible, the watering of lawns, recreational, and athletic fields, gardens, or other landscaped areas (if watering is essential, late-evening hours are best);
  • Not using public water to fill residential swimming pools.

The University is actively monitoring conditions and will continue to provide updates as conditions change.