Why do we have water bans every summer if there is sufficient water capacity?

Water use restrictions are separate and distinct from whether the Town has sufficient water capacity.
Water use restrictions are determined by the Town’s Water Management Act permit. This permit uses a benchmark of water in the area by using the streamflow in the Charles River at the Dover station.  When the flow in the river is lower than certain thresholds as set in the permit, this triggers the Town to adjust the water restrictions accordingly.
In addition, there may be drought declarations by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts that also dictate water restrictions in areas that impact Medfield. These state-imposed restrictions can override the restrictions specified in the Town’s permit. So even though the Town has access to sufficient water and has the ability to pump water from its wells AND the flows in the Charles River may allow for the Town to pump water from its wells according to its permit to higher levels, the state may still require the Town to put restrictions in place during drought conditions.

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1. What is the status of the Medfield State Hospital redevelopment effort?
2. How can I find out more about the Medfield State Hospital and the proposed redevelopment?
3. Will Medfield residents take a vote on whether to approve the sale?
4. When is the Special Town Meeting?
5. What will we be voting on at Town Meeting?
6. What is the threshold needed to approve the proposed sale at the Town Meeting?
7. Will the proposed Land Disposition Agreement that the Town will sign with Trinity be available for review before the Special Town Meeting?
8. What is the Trinity Financial’s proposal? What type of housing is proposed?
9. What happened to the concept of including commercial space, stores and restaurants?
10. Are there any affordable housing units in the project?
11. What costs has the Town incurred since purchasing the Medfield State Hospital from the Commonwealth of Massachusetts? Has the Town generated revenue from leasing out the property?
12. What are the projected revenues and expenses (fiscal impact) to the Town if the property is developed in accordance with Trinity’s proposal?
13. What is the Trinity Financial’s proposed purchase price?
14. What kind of public access will there be if the sale is approved?
15. Is there a map of the parts of the MSH property proposed for disposition?
16. Will the North Field and trails remain open and be accessible to the public for both humans and canines?
17. How will people park and access the Overlook and trails?
18. How will this development affect the Town’ water and sewer systems? Do we have enough capacity to support this development?
19. How many units of housing will there be? Will they be rental apartments or ownership condos?
20. What is the largest and smallest unit type? (SF)
21. Will there be housing options reserved for seniors on site?
22. What about public access?