MassDEP has notified City officials that as of May 25, 2022, there is a mandatory restriction in place for nonessential outdoor water use from 9am to 5pm.
This is due to a USGS streamflow being below trigger for 3 consecutive days.
Nonessential outdoor water uses that are subject to mandatory restrictions include:
- Irrigation of lawns via sprinklers or automatic irrigation systems;
- Washing of vehicles, except in a commercial car wash or as necessary for operator safety;
- Washing of exterior building surfaces, parking lots, driveways or sidewalks, except as necessary to apply surface treatments such as paint, preservatives, stucco, pavement or cement.
The following uses may be allowed when mandatory restrictions are in place:
- Irrigation to establish a new lawn and new plantings during the months of May and September;
- Irrigation of public parks and recreational fields by means of automatic sprinklers outside the hours of 9 am to 5 pm; and
- Irrigation of lawns, gardens, flowers and ornamental plants by means of a hand-held hose or drip irrigation systems; and
- Irrigation of lawns by means of a hand-held hose only.
MassDEP Notification of Water Use Restriction