According to rules set by Aquarion Water Company to conserve water, there is a twice-weekly sprinkler policy that applies to Darien, New Canaan, Stamford and Greenwich, Connecticut. But town residents in Darien are not adhering to the two-day a week policy, according to a report issued by Aquarion.
Company’s patrols found 374 first-time violators in Darien. Of those, 39 received a second notice of violation, according to First Selectman Jayme Stevenson. “It’s a significant number of customers who are violating the policy,” he said, at a recent meeting of the board of Selectmen.
Sprinkler use is actively monitored by Aquarion, to ensure compliance. “If you get to three, they actually have the regulatory authority to turn off your water. I will fight against that as First Selectman. Having water is a primary necessity for life,” Stevenson said.
Aquarion’s director of public relations, Peter Fazekas, said that since the twice-weekly policy was instituted in May, no third warnings have been issued. “It’s always been resolved at that second violation point. Either the customer needs to contact their irrigation contractor or they need to apply for a variance.”
There are two types of variances, both available online, that can be applied for to allow for increased watering: a new planting variance and a large property variance. “If someone is either reseeding their lawn, planting new shrubs, they can go to their website and apply for a five-week variance that allows them to water outside the two days a week to ensure that the new plantings survive,” Fazekas said.
He added that all four communities have been very supportive of the conservation policy, although Darien has had the highest number of offenders.