NEW Water Ban - information As Of April 1, 2020

Anticipating reductions in staffing levels Board of Selectmen approves Full Outdoor Watering Ban effective as of April 1, 2020 until October 31, 2020

-        No irrigation of lawns via sprinklers or automatic irrigation systems
-        No irrigation (by hand-held hose or otherwise) to establish a new lawn and new plantings

The following shall be allowed during this outdoor watering restriction:

 -        Irrigation of gardens, flowers, and ornamental plantings by means of a hand-held hose.
-        Washing of exterior building surfaces, parking lots, driveways or sidewalks, as necessary to apply surface treatments such as paint, preservatives, stucco, pavement or cement.
-        To meet core functions of a business or commercial activity

The Town Administrator may after consultation with the DPW Director allow Irrigation (by hand-held hose or otherwise) to establish a new lawn and new plantings during the months of April, May, September and October (by written authorization by the Department of Public Works). No watering of new lawns or plantings allowed between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m.

Why are we on a Full Outdoor Watering Ban?
Although Town Meeting authorized the Town to join the MWRA in order to supplement our water supply, the environmental approval process is not complete, and the Town is not yet connected to the MWRA water supply. 

Until that process is complete and supplemental water from the MWRA is available, the Town will continue to provide water service only from its existing water supply.  The Town continues to operate two water treatment facilities.  Since neither facility is designed to supply 100% of the water use during the warm weather months, both facilities must therefore be staffed 24 hours a day in order to supply water to the town distribution system.

Due to the COVID-19 Global Pandemic, the Town must anticipate difficulties to staffing both facilities 24 hours a day.  Reductions in personnel during the COVID-19 Global Pandemic will force us to reduce staffing and shifts at the two treatment facilities.  Due to those anticipated personnel shortages, the Town cannot operate both treatment facilities 24 hours a day and therefore very likely cannot supply enough water to meet the usual demand during the warm weather months. 

With reduced demand on the water distribution system (with an outdoor watering restrictions in place), the Town anticipates that only one treatment facility may be needed during these months.  Accordingly, the Town is implementing this Full Outdoor Watering Restriction so that its staff can continue to provide adequate and sufficient water service for necessary and critical uses by domestic, institutional and commercial consumers and so that we can prevent any disruptions in service. 

The Town also keeps emergency water supply connections with adjacent communities.  However, the Town is only allowed to use those connections after the Town has declared a full outdoor watering restriction.