- Associated Press - Friday, October 28, 2016

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) - Connecticut Gov. Dannel P. Malloy is urging residents to reduce their water usage whenever possible.

The governor says steps need to be taken to “stretch our water supply” given the state’s persistent drought conditions.

The Democrat made the plea on Friday. It comes after the Connecticut Interagency Drought Workgroup issued the state’s first-ever “drought watch” for Fairfield, Hartford, Litchfield, Middlesex, New Haven and Tolland counties.

The workgroup is asking residents, businesses and local governments in those counties to voluntarily reduce water usage by around 15 percent. A watch means Connecticut is already experiencing moderate-to-severe drought conditions.

A previously announced “drought advisory” will remain for New London and Windham counties. Those counties are being asked to reduce usage by around 10 percent.

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