The Bethel Water Department has not experienced a severe impact to the main aquifer that supplies downtown Bethel due to drought conditions. The Stony Hill neighborhood is served by Aquarion Water Company.
Bethel First Selectman Matt Knickerbocker said in a statement that ground water levels in the aquifer have decreased, but not to the emergency stage. The town's two reservoirs, Eureka and Chestnut Ridge, are below normal, but the new high capacity pumping stations that have been installed over the past three years are capable of shifting well water to other areas of town to even out supply.
Knickerbocker says the new Eureka tank that recently went into service is also providing a buffer that evens out pressure and supply.
While the impact is less severe than the surrounding area, he encouraged residents to conserve whenever possible.