Annual Outdoor Water Conservation Program to Begin May 1 in Millbury

Apr 29, 2024 by Peter Fazekas Massachusetts

MILLBURY, Mass. – April 29, 2024Aquarion Water Company today announced the start of the company’s mandatory outdoor water conservation program. Set to begin on May 1, this schedule applies to all Millbury customers. The conservation program helps to ensure a sustainable drinking water supply and protect natural resources and streamflow for aquatic life, as well as to comply with requirements of the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection.

Under these restrictions, nonessential outdoor water use is not allowed between 9 am and 5 pm in the schedule below.  Nonessential water use includes irrigation of lawns by sprinklers and automatic irrigation systems, washing of vehicles, and washing of exterior building surfaces, parking lots, and driveways. Hand-held watering of plants and gardens is allowed.

Aquarion recommends several ways to use water wisely inside and outside the home:

  • Repair water leaks – check your toilet for leaks by placing a few drops of food coloring in the tank. If food coloring appears in the bowl after 15 minutes, the tank mechanism needs repair
  • Install water-saving shower heads and low-flow faucet aerators
  • Turn off the water while shaving, brushing your teeth, and washing your face or hands
  • Use a broom or blower instead of water to clean decks, driveways and sidewalks
  • Allow grass to grow longer – taller grass shades itself, is healthier, and requires less water
  • Use a rain barrel to fill watering cans, connect a garden hose, feed a drip irrigation system, and other outdoor chores

The conservation program is in effect from May 1 to September 30 and follows the requirements below:

Last Digit of Your Address Number Nonessential outdoor water use is allowed only at the following times
0, 2, 4, 6, or 8 (even numbers) Even-numbered days
12:01 am - 9:00 am, or
5:00 pm - Midnight
1, 3, 5, 7, or 9 (odd numbers) Odd-numbered days
12:01 am - 9:00 am, or
5:00 pm - Midnight
No address number Even-numbered days
12:01 am -9:00 am, or
5:00 pm - Midnight


More information about the irrigation schedule, landscaping, and gardening with less water is available at

About Aquarion Water Company

Aquarion Water Company is the public water supply company for more than 750,000 people in 72 cities and towns in Connecticut, Massachusetts and New Hampshire.  It is the largest investor-owned water utility in New England and among the seven largest in the U.S.  Based in Bridgeport, CT, Aquarion has been in the public water supply business since 1857.  Across its operations, Aquarion strives to act as a responsible steward of the environment and to assist the communities it serves in promoting sustainable practices.  Aquarion Water Company is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Eversource.

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