Extreme drought covering more of northeastern Connecticut


(WTNH) — After many days without rain this summer and so far this fall, the northeastern parts of Connecticut are now facing extreme drought.

A map from the National Drought Mitigation Center shows that around 15% of the state is affected, which includes parts of Hartford, Tolland, Windham, and New London counties.

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Impact of past extreme droughts

In extreme drought, farmers could face major losses. In extreme droughts past, Connecticut saw widespread crop loss and financial stress on dairy farms. Even Christmas tree farms struggled during prior extreme droughts.

Businesses that typically boom during an extreme drought? Well drillers and bulk water haulers.

Water recreation and hunting could be modified due to extreme drought; wildlife disease outbreak has been seen in previous extreme droughts in Connecticut.

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Another big impact: bodies of water have reduced flow; some could even stop flowing. River temperatures would also become warmer.

Wells could run dry, and people would eventually dig more or deeper into their well.

Thankfully, Connecticut has not yet experienced Exceptional Drought. It is not certain if our state will experience Exceptional Drought this season.

Reducing water usage

The Connecticut Water Company is taking note of the drought our state is experiencing and is asking its Stafford customers to voluntarily reduce 10% of their water usage.

The company is asking customers to do the following to help conserve water:

  • Reduce or eliminate lawn irrigation. Water your yard no more than twice a week, and do so in the early morning or evening hours to reduce water loss due to evaporation.
  • Check your toilets for leaks. The average leaky toilet can waste about 200 gallons of water per day.
  • Sweep patios, driveways, and sidewalks rather than using a hose on paved surfaces.
  • Run dishwashers and washing machines only when full.
  • Eliminate car washing. If your car needs a wash, opt for a carwash where water is recycled.

For more information and to view and interactive map, click here.

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