The dogs days of summer are upon us and everyone is looking for a chance to cool off. But be sure that when you take a dip, your doing so in a body of water that's open to public swimming.
Aquarion Water Company officials are advising people that swimming in Aquarion reservoirs is dangerous, illegal and considered trespassing, which is punishable by fines or arrest.
"Recently, there have been several incidents of trespassers swimming in Connecticut and New York company reservoirs, despite the fact that trespassing and swimming is prohibited," said Ralph Fensore, Aquarion's Chief of Law Enforcement and Security. "We want to remind people that our reservoirs are for public water supply and not swimming.
"Water level changes in our reservoirs are just one of many hazards that can cause serious injury or death. We want everyone to have a safe summer."
In Shelton, Aquarion owns the Trap Falls Reservoir, commonly viewed from Huntington Street and the Isinglass Reservoir, also called the Far Mill Reservoir, which can be viewed from Farm Mill Street.
Trap Falls Reservoir is an active distribution reservoir and the largest reservoir in Shelton. Although it is off-limits to the public and surrounded by fencing, it is commonly viewed from Huntington Street by passerbys and there is ample room for motorists to pull over and park. Motorists often catch the sun setting to the west behind the reservoir and see wildlife including herons, egrets, fox, and ospreys. Far Mill Reservoir and West Pequonnock Reservoir in Monroe is open to shoreline fishing for those with a valid state fishing license and an Aquarion fishing permit.
Aquarion police work with local and state law enforcement agencies to prevent swimming and other unauthorized activities in company reservoirs. Unfortunately, arrests have been made for those who have chosen to ignore no trespassing laws. For more information about Aquarion's public access policies, trail maps and fishing permits, please visit "Recreation" at www.aquarionwater.com and download the "Be Our Guest" brochure. Inquires can also be made by calling Aquarion's Watershed & Environmental Management Office at 203-452-3511
In Shelton, we are fortunate to have Indian Well State Park, where the beach and swimming area is often monitored by a lifeguard this time of year. it's perfect for a summer day.
You won't need to slather on sunblock if you visit the pool at the Shelton Community Center. It's a good way to beat the heat. For pool swimming information visit cityofShelton.org, and see "pool information" under the Community tab.
If all else fails, the sprinkler on the lawn usually does the trick.