Defending Drinking Water

Water is our life force. It is an essential nutrient for human life, but access to clean, plentiful drinking water is easy to take for granted—just one turn of the faucet handle and it flows freely.

But growing drought conditions, the crisis in Flint, and water bottling facilities that co-opt local supplies to turn a hefty profit have raised the question: how long will we have safe drinking water supplies?

Connecticut State Water Plan

In 2014, after an attempt by UConn to acquire a large source of water, the Water Planning Council was given orders to construct Connecticut’s first State Water Plan. The goal? To “balance the use of the water to meet all needs” by providing information and guidance to inform crucial decisions across the state. CFE/Save the Sound has participated in the working groups to make sure good policies are developed—policies that maintain Connecticut’s commitment to high quality drinking water and protect river and stream ecology.

How will Connecticut’s first comprehensive State Water Plan affect you? Explore our town-by-town overview at

Stormwater and Drinking Water

Stormwater runoff can carry pollution into your water supply, by picking up bacteria, fertilizers and pesticides, and trash as it flows towards reservoirs. And with more intense rains predicted for the future, managing stormwater is more critical than ever. We can do it, with a blend of good policies, like allowing municipalities to create stormwater authorities, and construction options that filter pollutants while making neighborhoods more beautiful and creating local jobs. Curious how? Learn more about in our Green Infrastructure section.

Learn more about our efforts to ensure your family’s drinking water is healthy:

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