NEW Water Ban Information - As Of September 24, 2020

From: John Sanchez, Director of DPW

Due to the limited production capacity at the Vine Brook Treatment Facility caused by the 1,4 dioxane contamination of drinking water wells, I am requesting that a Water Supply Emergency be declared for the Town of Burlington to allow the opening of the Town of Lexington water connection. 

Through the enforcement of the outdoor watering restrictions we have been able to maintain an average water demand for this summer to below 3.5 mgd.  However, the Vine Brook treatment facility is not sufficient to supply the distribution system while the Mill Pond Treatment Plant is off-line for required maintenance, repairs and upgrades.  As such, a connection with Lexington is needed in order to complete cleaning and upgrades of the sedimentation basin at Mill Pond.

Therefore, I am recommending that a non-essential outdoor water use restriction be approved for all users from September 30, 2020 to March 30, 2021.

The following uses are prohibited by this restriction:

-       Irrigation of lawns via sprinklers or automatic irrigation systems

The following uses are permitted on any day at any time:

-       Watering of gardens, flowers, and ornamental plantings by means of a hand-held hose only.
-         Car washing and filling of pools
-       To meet core functions of a business or commercial activity
-       Applying necessary surface treatments (aka washing exterior surfaces) such as paint, preservatives, stucco, pavement, or cement.

Exemptions for establishing new lawns are given only during the months of April, May, September, and October, and only by written permission from the DPW.


According to the Town Bylaws Section 5.4 the Town, through its Board of Selectmen, may declare a State of Water Conservation.   Section 5.9 states the Penalties for violating the Water Restriction are:

-       Any person violating shall be issued a warning for the first violation, shall be liable to the Town in the amount of $50 for the second violation, and $100 for each subsequent violation thereafter. 

-       These fines are non-criminal disposition.