Published: 6/12/2020 3:45:00 PM
Modified: 6/12/2020 3:44:44 PM
EASTHAMPTON – The Department of Public Works has announced new water use restrictions for city residents in response to a drop in stream flow in the Connecticut River.
The restrictions, announced Friday, limit residents to doing the following activities only once a week: Washing their vehicles outside of a car wash unless it is for operator safety, irrigating their lawns except with a handheld hose, and the washing of exterior building surfaces, parking lots, driveways or sidewalks.
These activities may only be done before 9 a.m. or after 5 p.m. and food production and the watering of livestock are exempt from these provisions.
The restrictions were put into place based on Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection Regulations, which mandate restrictions when the Connecticut River drops below a certain quantity of stream flow for three days.
Department of Public Works Director Greg Nuttelman said that the city is not experiencing a drought.
“There’s no shortage of water supply,” he said.
However, he did say that residents should conserve as much water as they can, as drought-based restrictions may be put into place later on.
Those violating the water restrictions can be subject to fines of $50 for the first offense and $100 for subsequent offenses.
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