By: Justin Louis
Even with the rain, Connecticut’s drought still stands. Recently the water levels in Connecticut have been decreasing due to the shortage of rainfall. The danger of this problem could become more serious than ever.
Published in, “Rainfall Shortage Getting Worse: Nearly Half Of Connecticut Now Considered “In Extreme Drought,”” Governor Dan Malloy requested that all Connecticut residents and businesses voluntarily restrict water use. At this point, state officials issued their first ever “drought watch” for counties in the southern, western, and central parts of Connecticut. In addition, climate experts say that stream flows (the flow of water in a stream or river) are at or near record lows for parts in Massachusetts, New York, New Hampshire along with Connecticut.
The reality of this drought is severe because for the first time ever in the history of Connecticut, we’re being placed on “drought watch.”
Jaclyn Longo (‘17), a student at Brien McMahon High School, shared some of her thoughts on CT’s drought. “I recently read that it’s happening because of rainfall shortages in past years, but I don’t know why.” It appears that the word of the issue is just now starting to spread to schools and local communities. With the drought in full effect, Jaclyn tries to cut down on water, but has trouble doing it. “I have not cut down on my water usage. I’m so used to taking long hot showers. I don’t think it’s fully known yet, there’s no big effect right now, but I think once we start learning more about what’s going on, water usage will go down,” says Jaclyn Longo (‘17).
As of January 12th, River Alliances stated that “this drought is the worst since the historic drought of the 1960s. The state of Connecticut has requested the all residents reduce their water usage by 15%. Mrs. Pivazyan, a chemistry teacher at Brien McMahon High School, believes the school should educate their students about what is happening. “They need to be educated and be able to understand that wasting water, can affect their daily life dramatically.” The state officials has issued that all Connecticut residents and businesses are required to reduce water demand by 17 percent in the Drought Watch area.
Now that we know, what’s happening with the drought. The question still remains when can it be solved. Ms. Pivazyan believes that this problem can be solved, “There’s a possibility that this problem can be fixed. More education about the drought that can help kids understand, and take action to help themselves.”
This drought in Connecticut is already affecting residents, as a result of that is causing reductions in water usage. If people don’t begin to start saving water, then there won’t be anymore at all, and the state of Connecticut will have to use reserved water.