Water Conservation and Outdoor Watering Restrictions
To ensure that our water needs will always be met, we must protect our water supplies against the constant threat of pollution. This includes proper disposal of household hazardous waste and pharmaceuticals. Conserving water helps reduce the energy used for water conveyance, treatment and storage. Reducing hot water usage saves energy as well. Conserving water also saves a precious natural resource, avoids overdraft of reservoirs and groundwater, maintains future water supplies, and leaves more water for wildlife. By conserving, you can save on your water and utility bills, and sewer and septic costs.
Click here for the MWWA (Massachusetts Water Works Association) - report from February 2017 about Drought in Massachusetts and its effects.
Easy Ways to Conserve:
- When waiting for cold tap water to warm up, capture wasted water in a picture or watering can to water plants or washing dishes or use for cooking.
- Fix leaks. A faucet that drips can waste up to 3,820 gallons of water per year. Most leaks are easy to repair.
- Reuse water when you can. A bucket in the shower can catch water for plants and clean-up jobs.
- Watch how much water you use when doing dishes, brushing teeth, and showering.
- Follow the easy tips provided for both Indoor and Outdoor water usage in our Conservation FAQ document.
Updated on February 3rd, 2017 - Reservoir Level is 298.36ft -Which means the Town is under Permanent Outdoor water use restrictions. We will follow the corresponding Water Use Restrictions noted below, in order to conserve water.
Permanent Outdoor Water Use Restrictions - Reservoir level is above 295.85 ft
- Handheld watering with buckets / watering pots / handheld hose shall be allowed any day at any time.
- Odd/even unattended watering schedule: NOTE: Absolutely NO watering on Monday 7 AM to Wednesday 7 PM and Friday 7 AM to Saturday 7 PM. Watering shall be started on the day allowed (See below) and may run into the morning of the following day.
Property having odd address
Wednesday 7:00pm to Thursday 7:00am
Saturday 7:00pm to Sunday 7:00am
Property having even address
Thursday 7:00pm to Friday 7:00am
Sunday 7:00pm to Monday 7:00am
In addition, a declaration of a State of Water Supply Conservation shall include one or more of the following restrictions, conditions, or requirements limiting the use of water as necessary to protect the water supply except for the exemptions as provided in § 270-11. The applicable restrictions, conditions or requirements shall be included in the public notice.Conditional Outdoor Water Use Restrictions
Stage 1- Reservoir level is below 295.85 ft
Hopkinton Reservoir level below 295.85 feet between the days of June 1 - August 31 each year.
- Car washing: Car or vehicle washing is prohibited.
- Automatic Sprinkler Use: The use of automatic sprinkler systems shall be limited to 1 weekend day (Saturdays for odd numbered houses and Sundays for even numbered houses). Watering hours remain 7PM of the select day until 7AM of the following day.
- Ornamental Pools & Fountains: Operation of ornamental pools and fountains is prohibited
- Swimming Pools: Filing and topping off of swimming pools with water from the municipal system is prohibited.
- Hand Watering: Hand watering is allowed on the 2-day a week schedule (Wednesdays and Saturdays for odd numbered houses and Thursdays and Sundays for even numbered houses). See table above.
Stage 2- Reservoir level is below 295.35 ftHopkinton reservoir level below 295.35 or daily use over 5.90 mg.
- All Outdoor watering including Handheld Watering is prohibited per the Board of Selectmen vote - Meeting date September 21,2016.
- Automatic sprinkler use is prohibited per the Board of Selectmen vote - Meeting date August 3, 2016.
- All other Stage 1 Restrictions apply.
- The Town, acting through the Board of Selectmen as water commissioners, retains the right to impose additional restrictions with due notice to residents.
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Violations of Water Restrictions
During Stage 1 or Stage 2, In accordance with Chapter 270-10 of the Ashland Town Code, please be advised that the penalties for violations during these water restriction periods are as follows:
- $200 per day for the 1st violation and for each subsequent use
- Upon the 5th violation water will be shut off
- Fines shall be recovered by indictment, or on complaint before the District Court, or by non-criminal disposition in accordance with section Massachusetts General Laws Chapter 40, Section 21D.
Residents may request a watering permit for new lawns from May 1 through June 15 for a period not to exceed two weeks. The permit grants the resident permission to water between the hours of 7:00 PM and 7:00 AM daily.
Residents may request a watering permit in order to comply with Title V requirements for a period not to exceed two weeks. The permit grants the resident permission to water between the hours of 7:00 PM and 7:00 AM daily.
Hand watering of any gardens or land used for food production during Stage 2 restrictions, between the hours of 7pm & 7am.
Town athletic fields, including those fields under the control of the Ashland Public Schools, in accordance with the Odd/Even Outdoor Watering schedule, and between the hours of 7:00 PM and 9:00 AM, upon application to, and approval by, the Board of Selectmen
Hopkinton Reservoir Needs
The Town may impose additional Stage 1 and Stage 2 restrictions based on reduced water levels at the Hopkinton Reservoir.
For More Information
If you have any questions, please contact Water/Sewer Foreman Roy Correia at 508-532-7964.