Mandatory Water Use Restrictions In Effect
The Secretary of Energy and Environmental Affairs issued a Level 1 – Mild Drought declaration for many of the regions of Massachusetts including the Central Region.
Due to this Drought Alert, we must limit non-essential outdoor use. Our Water Withdrawal Permit requires the Lunenburg Water District to implement the base level restriction, which is no use of non-essential water between the hours of 9am and 5pm.
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; and
· 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 automatic sprinklers before 9am and after 5pm;
· irrigation of 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.
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; or
· to meet the core functions of a business (for example, irrigation by golf courses as necessary to maintain tees, greens, and minimal fairway watering, or irrigation by plant nurseries as necessary to maintain stock).
For more information on MassDEP’s WMA program, please visit: http://www.mass.gov/eea/agencies/massdep/water/watersheds/water-management-act-program.html.
This is the base level water restriction. If the level of drought increases to Level 2 or more, the water restrictions will be much more stringent.
Water District personnel will be enforcing these restrictions. Warnings and fines may be issued if compliance is not followed.