Over the last few weeks, Aquarion Water Company employees have seen an increase in unlawful winter recreational activities on reservoir properties, including walking on reservoir ice. The company is reminding people that not only is trespassing illegal, but it is also extremely dangerous.
At this time of year, ice may appear thick enough to walk on, but Aquarion officials say this thickness is unreliable, and can be deceptive due to shifting water levels and thermal undercurrents.
In addition to the physical danger, trespassers also face the possibility of fines or arrest if caught on Aquarion reservoir property.
Aquarion does allow the public on Centennial Watershed State Forest's Saugatuck and Aspetuck Valley trails, which are open for hiking, cross country skiing and snowshoeing year-round, for those who hold a valid permit.