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Posted on: July 22, 2022

MANDATORY DROUGHT RESTRICTIONS -Revised-

PUBLIC NOTICE 

 

Mandatory Drought Restrictions


July 22, 2022-Revised



On July 21, 2022, the Executive Office of Energy and Environmental affairs (EEA) issued a Level 3-Critical Drought Declaration for the Central Region of Massachusetts. As recommended by EEA, the Town is following the guidance and response actions in the Massachusetts Drought Plan and instituting a MANDATORY non-essential water use restriction. 


These mandatory water restrictions are for daily "non-essential" water use from public water sources and shall be in effect until the drought is lifted by the Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs. 


Non-essential outdoor water uses that are subject to mandatory restrictions include:


  • irrigation of lawns via sprinklers or automatic irrigation systems;

  • filling swimming pools;

  • washing of vehicles, except in a commercial car wash or as necessary for operator safety; and

  • washing exterior building surfaces, parking lots, driveways or sidewalks, except as necessary to apply surface treatments such as paint, preservatives, stucco, pavement or cement


When you CAN use water outdoors:


The following “essential uses” as defined by the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (MassDEP) may be allowed, before 7:00am and after 7:00pm, when mandatory restrictions are in place:


  1. for health or safety reasons

  2. irrigation of public parks and recreation fields by means of automatic sprinklers;

  3. by regulation;

  4. for the production of food and fiber

  5. irrigation of gardens, flowers and ornamental plants by means of a hand-held hose or drip irrigation system; and irrigation of lawns by means of a hand-held hose;

  6. for the maintenance of livestock; or

  7. to meet the core functions of a business.


Nonessential uses are those other than essential uses.


Enforcement will include:


  • Written warning of first offense;

  • $50 fine for second offense;

  • $100 fine for each subsequent offense;

  • Each day of violation constitutes a separate offense.

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