Reservoirs in Danbury are about 62-percent full, that's still 15-percent below normal. But Public Utilities Supervisor David Day says the rain in recent days has helped a bit. In the past month, the reservoirs dropped 4-percent. To compare, water levels from September to the beginning of October dropped 10-percent. Day says the City improved in dropping less. This past week, water levels stayed steady and didn't drop at all.
A 30-day public water supply emergency was declared by the state for the City on October 25th. Danbury can apply for additional 30 day extensions, up to a maximum of 150 days. The order means that Danbury can tap Lake Kenosia to bolster the water supply.
Day says that's a result of the rain events coupled with the use of water from Lake Kenosia and resident's conservation efforts.
Danbury also provides water to certain portions of Bethel and Ridgefield.
Governor Malloy recently announced that six of the state's eight counties are under a drought watch which includes a voluntary 15 percent drop in usage of water in the affected counties. Malloy says unlike a Storm Watch issued ahead of potential bad weather, a Drought Watch means that the state is already experiencing moderate to severe drought conditions.