News & Updates
Water Restriction Effective 4/1/2022
The Town will be kicking off spring with the year-round 1st Step mandatory outdoor watering restriction as outlined below:
These water conservation measures would apply to all residential and commercial properties. Under these restrictions no watering will be allowed between the hours of 9 a.m. and 5 p.m.
- Automated or sprinkler watering allowed every other day based on the address of the residential or commercial property (even numbered on even days, odd numbered on odd days). Residents and commercial properties can choose to water either between midnight and 9 a.m. or between 5 p.m. and midnight on their odd/even day.
- Mild Drought – Automated or sprinkler watering allowed one night per week between 7pm and 10pm. Even numbered addresses will be Tuesdays and odd numbered addresses will be Saturdays.
- Significant Drought – Full water ban on all non-essential watering.
No watering between the hours of 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. during any of the proposed steps.
Outdoor watering restrictions consist of:
- Irrigation of lawns via sprinklers or automatic irrigation systems
The following uses are permitted on any day at any time:
- Watering of gardens, flowers, and ornamental plantings by means of a hand-held hose only.
- To meet core functions of a business or commercial activity
- Applying necessary surface treatments (aka washing exterior surfaces) such as paint, preservatives, stucco, pavement, or cement.
- Car washing and filling of pools during 1st and 2nd steps only
According to the Town Bylaws Section 5.4 the Town, through its Board of Selectmen, may declare a State of Water Conservation. Section 5.9 states the Penalties for violating the Water Restriction are:
- Any person violating shall be issued a warning for the first violation, shall be liable to the Town in the amount of $50 for the second violation, and $100 for each subsequent violation thereafter.
- These fines are non-criminal disposition.
Water Access to the Mill Pond Reservoir is Prohibited
- Walking on the ice in the winter or swimming in the reservoir in the summer is not only prohibited, but dangerous.
- As part of the water pretreatment process, the Town has an aeration system which changes the density of the water and may make it impossible to float.
- We ask all residents and visitors to stay on the walking trails and not interfere with the water treatment process.