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STATE SENATOR

Carlo Leone

Integrity & Collaboration

Helping Cope With Future Droughts

I took a lesson from the recent months-long drought that affected Stamford and southwestern Connecticut by introducing and voting for a bill that will standardize drought advisories, watches, warnings and emergencies, and recommend various water use restrictions during droughts.

Everyone knows that the drought in Stamford was so bad last summer that the Aquarion Water Company had to lay a 2.5-mile long pipe aboveground to provide water from one reservoir to another, and that residents could walk across reservoirs where the water would normally be five to six feet above their heads.

U.S. Drough Watch

We're directing the Water Planning Council to review drought advisories, synthesize restrictions, standardize them, recommend triggers for voluntary and mandatory pubic water use restrictions, and suggest an effective public water notification system. Their report is due to the General Assembly by February 2018, and we'll propose final new regulations from there. I'll keep you posted!