RYE, N.Y. -- Suez officials in Westchester are urging customers in Rye, Rye Brook and Port Chester to voluntarily stop or limit outdoor watering due to drought conditions in the area.
This includes using irrigation systems, sprinklers, and soaker hoses. Customers can continue watering activities using a hand-held hose for the time being, said Chris Graziano, vice president and general manager, of Suez.
Graziano noted that Suez purchases water for customers in Rye, Rye Brook and Port Chester from Aquarion Water Company which implemented a mandatory ban for the customers it serves in the four Connecticut communities which use the same water supply.
Aquarion officials said that Connecticut’s drought level has recently been upgraded to a “severe drought” for most of the state due to an extended dry spell, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.
With below average rainfall and extremely high water demand, water levels in Aquarion’s reservoirs are continuing to decline.
“We are joining Aquarion in asking customers to turn off their irrigation systems and sprinklers for the season,” said Graziano. “We are doing this to ensure that we have an adequate water supply for everyday use and fire protection.”
Graziano added that customers that receive their water from the New York City Water System, are not directly impacted by the request. That includes residents in Bronxville, Tuckahoe, North Pelham, Pelham Manor, Ardsley, Hastings-on-Hudson and Dobbs Ferry.
However, Suez is reminding those residents to use water wisely.
Some tips for conservation include these:
- Use a broom, not a hose, to clear debris from sidewalks.
- Set your lawn mower one notch higher. Longer grass allows less evaporation.
- Cover your pool to reduce evaporation.
- Wash your car with soap and water from a bucket.
For more conservation tips, visit mysuezwater.com .