Rilling intensifies water emergency: Irrigation banned

Water conservation tips from South Norwalk Electric and Water (SNEW).

NORWALK, Conn. — Mayor Harry Rilling has amended the water emergency to “now restrict all watering and irrigation of trees, lawns, and grass,” his Friday update said. “This was done in coordination and consultation with the local water companies and state officials.”

Rilling’s water emergency restrictions began Sept. 5, due to recent drought conditions. This provided for an irrigation schedule. But, again, that has ended and no irrigation is allowed.

“Recent rainfall events, while helpful, were not significant enough to replenish reservoir levels. The amended water emergency and irrigation ban is in effect Saturday, October 17 until further notice,” the update said.

Prohibited are:

  1. Washing automobiles, trucks, trailers, or boats except at automated facilities using no more than 45 gallons of potable water per vehicle.
  2. Washing or flushing walks, driveways, pavement, porches, or other outdoor surfaces.
  3. Use of fire hydrants for purposes other than the protection of public safety by a public agency.
  4. Filling or draining ponds or lakes used for private or public recreational purposes.
  5. Knowingly allowing leaking plumbing fixtures.

“Norwalk Police Officers will first advise violators to curtail prohibited activities. Failure to comply will result in the issuance of a fine not to exceed $90 per day for each day the violation exists,” the City’s website states.


Milly October 17, 2020 at 7:21 am

The winter forecast shows the Northeast as warmer than normal and dry because of el nina. Still no water relief – but they want more apartments – that’s what needs restricting.

Bryan Meek October 17, 2020 at 10:12 am

And in other news green lights 1000s of new apartments, which according to his surrogates actually add water to the system.

Kenneth Werner October 19, 2020 at 11:38 am

Milly, unless our water shortage is permanent (which is unlikely), any apartment complexes in the planning stages now will not be completed until the dry spell is over.

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