Because seasonally dry conditions have reduced area stream flows, University officials are enlisting cooperation in conserving water until further notice.
The University’s water supply remains adequate to meet current and forecasted system demands, as well as any emergency needs such as firefighting.
As stated in 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, officials are asking students, faculty, staff, and off-campus municipal, commercial, and residential users to be conscientious about their daily water use, and to take voluntary steps to conserve water 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 washing vehicles or power-washing homes and other buildings;
- Not using water to clean sidewalks, driveways, and roads;
- Reducing as far as 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.