Mandatory Water Conservation Lifted, Voluntary Measures Still in Effect

Detail of a modern faucet head.
Detail of a modern faucet head.

The University is lifting the Stage II Water Supply Watch that was issued when area stream-flows were reduced by seasonally dry conditions. The recent rainfall has partially restored stream-flow in the rivers near UConn’s well-fields.

However, stream-flows have not fully recovered to what is expected at this time of year and the campus remains in a Stage IB Water Supply Advisory, meaning that voluntary water conservation measures remain in effect.

The University expects to remain in a period of water conservation until it is confident that stream-flows can be sustained.

University officials are asking students, faculty, staff, and off-campus municipal, commercial, and residential users to be conscious of their daily water use and to continue to conserve water voluntarily in the following ways:

  • Take short showers. Turn off the water flow while soaping or shampooing.
  • Use the appropriate water level or load size selection on the washing machine.
  • Use water only as needed when washing dishes, shaving, and brushing teeth. Don’t let the faucet run unnecessarily.
  • Run dishwashers only when completely full.
  • Public water should not be used to wash building exteriors, driveways, sidewalks, or vehicles.
  • Reconsider pouring water down the drain when there may be another use for it – such as watering a plant or garden.
  • Immediately report any leaky fixtures in UConn buildings to Facilities Operations: 860-486-3113.

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