- Associated Press - Thursday, October 20, 2016

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) - Connecticut public health commissioner is declaring a public water supply emergency in the city of Waterbury.

Citing persistent drought conditions and too little precipitation in the forecast, Department of Public Health Commissioner Raul Pino signed an order proclaiming a temporary, 30-day emergency on Thursday.

The city’s water bureau provides water to local residents and businesses and sells water to portions of Middlebury, Wolcott and Watertown.

The state order prohibits Waterbury from adding new customers without prior approval from the Department of Public Health. The city is also required to continue mandatory outdoor watering bans; provide weekly public notifications on water supplies for affected towns; update its drought plan; and find ways to further reduce usage.

The city is also required to perform a water audit of its top 20 users.

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