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Water Conservation Restrictions
Current Water Conservation Status (updated November 10, 2022):
With near to above normal precipitation in October that directly benefited Massachusetts’ hydrological systems, Energy and Environmental Affairs (EEA) Secretary Beth Card today announced that drought conditions have improved in nearly all regions of the state, and made the following drought declarations: the Central and Southeast Regions have upgraded and will join the Western Region at Level 0-Normal Conditions; the Northeast and Cape Cod Regions have been upgraded and will join the Connecticut River Valley Region at Level 1-Mild Drought; and, the Islands Region will remain at Level 2-Significant Drought. It is important to note that while the Northeast Region has been declared a Level 1-Mild Drought at a regional scale, the northern and coastal parts of the region within namely Essex County, which includes the Merrimack River, the Parker River, Ipswich River and North Coastal basins, continues to be more severely impacted by long term drought conditions. This declaration will remain in effect till the next declaration in December.
More information about the state's drought declaration is available here: https://www.mass.gov/info-details/drought-status
Thank you for your cooperation and understanding. If you have any questions, please contact the Water Department at 508-906-3004 or by email to firstname.lastname@example.org
Information about Water Restrictions:
When elevated restrictions are in place, 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.
Water uses not subject to mandatory restrictions are those required:
- For health or safety reasons;
- By regulation;
- For the production of food and fiber;
- For the maintenance of livestock;
- To meet the core functions of a business (for example, irrigation by plant nurseries as necessary to maintain stock).