News Flash Home
The original item was published from 7/22/2022 4:29:00 PM to 7/22/2022 4:30:28 PM.

News Flash

Town of Webster News Flash

Posted on: July 22, 2022




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.

Facebook Twitter Email

Other News in Town of Webster News Flash

Community Development Strategy Meeting

Posted on: December 4, 2023

Veteran's Office Restructuring

Posted on: November 22, 2023

Water Service Line Inventory

Posted on: November 20, 2023

Webster Holiday Events

Posted on: November 20, 2023

Reminder: 2023 - 2024 Dog Licenses

Posted on: July 13, 2023