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Tewksbury Calls For Voluntary Outdoor Water Use Ban

Sep 07, 2016 12:30PM ● By Bill Gilman

Voluntary water ban in effect.

(Editor's note: The following information was submitted by the Water and Sewer Division of the Tewksbury Department of Public Works.)

Last month, with most of Massachusetts continuing to experience dry conditions, Energy and Environmental Affairs Secretary Matthew Beaton issued a Drought Warning for Central and Northeast Massachusetts. In response to the Secretary’s issuance of a Drought Warning in the region, the Town of Tewksbury is implementing a Voluntary Outdoor Water Use Ban. All non-essential outdoor water use should be limited until further notice.
Under this voluntary ban, all non-essential outdoor water use should be limited to every other day, using an “even/odd” approach. Properties located on the odd-numbered side of a street should limit their outdoor water use to odd-numbered dates; those on even-numbered sides should use water outdoors only on even-numbered dates. Homeowners should limit outdoor watering to the hours between 6:00PM and 9:00AM. In theory, participation should reduce nonessential outdoor watering by up to fifty percent. Additionally, contractors and developers are urged to use water responsibly and take measures to reduce any potential waste. 
The National Weather Services has indicated that the month of September is expected to be hot and dry, and drought conditions will persist. The Tewksbury Fire Department reminds residents to be mindful of the use of open flames within the Town. “Dry conditions are conducive to brush fires,” stated Fire Chief Michael Hazel. “These can have a negative effect on property and neighbors.”
Limiting outdoor water use helps ensure that enough water is available for essential needs, including drinking water, fire protection, crop irrigation and harvesting, and our natural resources.
For its part, the Town will be restricting its outdoor watering use to every other day and will limit its hydrant flushing program to address only areas of high concern. “It is important for us to lead by example,” said Public Works Superintendent Brian Gilbert of these measures. “Limiting outdoor water use would increase our pumping reserves and our capacity to assist neighboring communities in the event of severe drought conditions.”
For information about the Voluntary Outdoor Water Use Ban, please visit: http://www.tewksbury-ma.gov

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