Massachusetts Drought Restrictions

Restrictions for the Town of Millbury

Effective October 13, 2020

Due to months of below-normal rainfall, the Massachusetts Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs (EEA) declared a Level 2 – Significant Drought in all seven regions of the Commonwealth. At a Level 2 – Significant Drought, conditions are becoming significantly dry and warrant an emphasis on water conservation and more stringent watering restrictions.

Aquarion’s water system serving Millbury, MA receives a portion of its water supply from the City of Worcester. Due to the drought conditions, the City of Worcester is now at a Stage 1 Water Supply Alert. As such, Aquarion is enacting water use restrictions with the goal of reducing water use by 10%. The specific restrictions are listed below.

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Stage 1 Water Restrictions

For All Water Users

As it is late in the year and most irrigation systems will soon be shut off for the season, residents with irrigation systems are encouraged to shut them off immediately.

Water waste is prohibited, including:

  • Failure to repair a controllable leak, including, broken sprinkler heads, water services, fire pipes, leaking valves, leaking or broken pipes or faucets;
  • Knowingly operating an irrigation system with (A) a broken head; (B) a head that is out of adjustment and spraying into the street, parking area, or sidewalk; or (C) a system that is misting/fogging due to excessive water pressure; or
  • Allowing irrigation water to: (A)run off property forming a stream of water for a distance of 50 feet or greater; (B) run into a storm drain; (C) pond to a depth of ¼ inch or greater; or
  • Allowing or causing an irrigation system or lawn watering device to operate while it is raining or when temperatures are at or below 32 degrees Fahrenheit.

For Government

  • Reduce non-essential water use. As used herein, non-essential water uses are those that do not have a health or safety impact and are not needed to meet the core function of the department.
  • Shut down all City operated irrigation systems and fountains.

For Commercial, Industrial, and Institutional Businesses

  • Identify and repair leaks on private plumbing, automatic irrigation systems and service lines.
  • Reduce exterior washing of vehicles at commercial facilities such as automobile rental, sales and service operations, taxi companies, trucking facilities and commercial garages where less than 50% of the water used is recycled. The washing of garbage trucks and vehicles used to transport food and/or other perishables may take place as necessary for health, sanitation, or public safety reasons.
  • Prohibit washing of paved areas by any means except where a variance is granted to alleviate a possible public health and safety risk.

For Residential Properties

  • Identify and repair leaks on private plumbing, automatic irrigations systems and service lines.
  • Prohibit washing of paved areas by any means.

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