City of Bristol
Office of the Mayor
111 North Main Street
Bristol, CT 06010
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: (Bristol, CT), April 20, 2017 –
Mandatory Water Restrictions Lifted and
Voluntary Odd/ Even Watering Requested
The Bristol Water Department Board of Water Commissioners met Tuesday night for their regular monthly meeting and discussed the drought. Superintendent Robert Longo gave the Board an update on all that was done over the winter to utilize all water sources and the conservation measures taken by customers.
Superintendent Longo recommended to the Board to remove the Mandatory Outside Water Use Ban effective immediately and asked the Board to reinstate a Voluntary Odd / Even watering program. “Although our levels have climbed to 99% during March and April, future lack in precipitation could always put us back into drought restrictions” Superintendent Longo stated.
The Odd / Even watering allows for properties with an even street number to water on even days of the month and the same for properties with odd street numbers to water on odd days of the month. The Odd / Even watering system also applies to washing cars, watering flowers and any other non-essential outside uses.
Chairman Robert Badal stated that “We are asking all of our customers to work with us with the Odd / Even system so that we can avoid any future problems if we have another dry summer”. Reservoir levels began dropping off in late July of 2016 and due to a lack of rain, went below 40% in October. On October 20, 2016 the Bristol Water Department enacted the Mandatory Outside Water Use Ban, which remained in place until today. “Our customers’ conservation since October was instrumental in helping us get the
reservoirs back up to normal levels and we know many sacrifices were made by our customers throughout the winter, which we greatly appreciate” Chairman Badal stated.
The Water Department posted on their website some simple ways residents can easily reduce their consumption including turning the water off as they brush their teeth and only running full loads of laundry. The Water Department also will be giving out free toilet leak test strips that residents can use to make sure their toilets are not leaking water down the drain. A leaky toilet can waste over 4,000 gallons of water each month. “We just got in a shipment of Shower Timers that customers can use to keep showers under 5 minutes, which not only helps our water levels, but also helps customers reduce their bills” said Superintendent Longo. Toilet test strips and shower timers can be picked up at the Water Departme