Suffolk officials are set to issue a water emergency amid Long Island’s severe drought.
“And what it means is we’re strongly urging all of our customers to stop nonessential water use, and more importantly stop the water of lawns between midnight and 7 a.m.,” says Ty Fuller, of the Suffolk County Water Authority.
Fuller says by taking this action the hope is that there will be enough water for fighting fires and other emergency purposes.
Homeowner Pete Colli says he’s been doing what he can to help conserve water.
“If I have to conserve water this is what I’m doing,” says Colli. “The lawn is dead so it’s going to stay that way until the good Lord waters it for me.”
Water Authority officials say it’s crucial that their water system has enough pressure.