Bristol Reservoirs Full After Recent Rain

After eight months of water restrictions in Bristol the reservoirs are now at full capacity.

Bristol Water Department Superintendent Robert Longo said they lifted the mandatory restrictions on April 8 after the reservoirs were above 85 percent capacity for two consecutive months.

The recent rain certainly helps to keep them high, but it is tough for some, including Regis Letourneau, who owns Lachance Tree Service in Bristol.

"We need it but, enough is enough. We have to work for a living. We are going to go broke with all this rain," Letourneau, of Harwinton, said.

His crews have been at a standstill all week because of the rain.

“It is not safe to work in the rain, plus the ground gets so wet that we cannot drive our vehicles in to get to the trees," Letourneau said.

Others who live in the area recognize how crucial the rain is and said they are grateful for it.

"I am really sick of watering everything so I think it is great," Sarah Ryan, of Bristol, said.

"Other than trying to cut the lawn, it is not that big of a deal. It is something that you have to deal with always in the springtime anyways," Peter Grandy, of Farmington, said.

Although the reservoirs in Bristol are now at 100 percent capacity, Longo said that could all change if we get little precipitation and hot weather this summer.

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