Annual State Imposed Seasonal Water Use Restrictions

May 1st to September 30th

Non-Essential Outdoor Water Use Prohibited from 9am to 5pm

In accordance with the requirements of the Water Management Act Permit issued by the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection the Whitinsville Water Company is required to enact Mandatory Water Use Restrictions from May 1st  until September 30th between the hours of 9AM and 5PM. The restriction prohibits all non-essential outdoor water use during this time frame.

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 9 am and after 5 pm;
  • 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).

Violators of the water restrictions will be subject to the Water Companies Water Restriction Regulations, which may include termination of water service.

For more information please contact the Whitinsville Water Company at 508-234-7358.