I was wondering when someone around our neck of the woods may notice that Connecticut is in a drought. And then I looked at the map.
In simplistic terms, at the beginning of September, about a third of our state was in "severe" drought. By September 21st the situation had gotten worse, according to the CT Interagency Drought Working Group.
Dry conditions prevailed in most of the rest of the state – but perhaps not in a swath which looks to include Weston.
Interestingly, the front page of the Westport-Weston Health District website mentions nothing about drought potential here. Is this something we should get ahead of now?
I think so.
The new Town Plan speaks to the need to always preserve the natural water cycle. And we are linked to a larger area by virtue of the Saugatuck Reservoir.
It is the source of water for Bridgeport and in a pinch, the southwestern area of Fairfield County, too.
Planning ahead is always a good thing. Forming habits to protect yourself during a pandemic are in vogue.
But besides all the COVID related changes, we should not forget to keep the faith with studious protection of that natural water cycle. We are fortunate to be ahead of the curve.
The Weston Water Study of 1993 made several excellent points. Including the quote "All the water that's in the world right now is all the water there will ever be."
We are dependent upon our private wells and septic systems. There are very few spots in town that do not require them.
So let us contemplate thinking conservation. And preservation. All the time.
That would mean, for example, be sure to turn off the taps.
Don't let your water consumption go hog wild.
Restrict the length of showers and lots more.
And it also means giving some thought to not overdoing watering your lawn, as well.
While we are at it, consider that we might be entering the latest global apocalyptic moment. Conquest, war, famine and death – the four horsemen – are related cousins to water shortages.
So do your part and be a responsible user of this precious commodity.
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