Outdoor Watering Restrictions

Most towns within the watershed have implemented outdoor water restrictions through the fall.

Water Restriction SignClick here for latest 2016 MA Drought Monitor Listing.

Outdoor water restrictions are put in place to ensure an adequate supply for drinking water and fire fighting.

Generally speaking, outdoor water restrictions take place in towns that use a local source of water.  Towns that get their water from the Massachusetts Water Resources Authority (MWRA) do not tend to implement outdoor water restrictions, however water conservation measures are still recommended.

Please scroll down the page to see more details about local water restrictions within the Neponset River Watershed:


Canton

Non-essential outdoor water use is limited to TWO DAYS per week before 9:00 a.m. and after 5:00 p.m.

This restriction will be in place through September 30, 2016.

For more information, visit the Town of Canton website or call the Canton Water and Sewer Department at 781-821-5017.


Dedham (Dedham-Westwood Water District)

TOTAL BAN ON NONESSENTIAL OUTSIDE WATERING: EFFECTIVE AUG. 26

Due to the increased severity of the drought and upon the recommendation of the MA DEP, we are implementing a total ban on nonessential outdoor water use, effective Friday August 26.

An exception is that hand held hose watering of flowers and vegetables is still allowed

Drought Advisory declared on July 8, 2016 for region including Dedham and Westwood  Learn more-  http://www.mass.gov/eea/pr-2016/drought-watch-drought-advisory-issued

Please check the Dedham-Westwood Water District website for updates or call the DWWD office at 781-329-7090.


Foxborough

Water Department Notice – July 11, 2016

The Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection has declared Foxborough to be in a drought advisory. As a result, our Water Management Act Permit requires that we enter the next phase of watering restrictions.

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NEW Mandatory Water Restrictions will be in effect beginning immediately.

  • No non-essential outdoor water use is allowed.
  • Watering with sprinklers will not be allowed.
  • There is no irrigation of lawns allowed, except by means of a handheld hose outside of the hours of 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Water restrictions ensure an adequate supply of water for fire protection and all consumers.

Thank you in advance for your continued cooperation.

If you have any questions concerning these restrictions, please visit the Town of Foxborough website or call the Water Department  at (508) 543-1209 or


Medfield

Thru October:

  • No outdoor watering between 9AM and 5PM
  • Evening watering on an odd/even basis only

Please check Town of Medfield website for updates or call the Water Department at 508-906-3002.


Milton

Currently there are NO outside watering restrictions.

Water supplied by Massachusetts Water Resources Authority (MWRA).  

Conserving water is always a good idea.  Click here for  outdoor water conservation tips.


Norwood

Currently there are NO outside watering restrictions.

Water supplied by Massachusetts Water Resources Authority (MWRA).  

Conserving water is always a good idea.  Click here for  outdoor water conservation tips.


Randolph

Phase 3 Water Ban. Outside watering with a hand held hose is allowed between 6 pm and 9 pm ONLY.

Phase 3 = When reservoirs are below 70% full (with incoming water) a further restriction shall be implemented as follows: Outside water of Phase 2, the hours would be reduced to 6:00 P.M.- 9:00 P.M. only.

No organized car washes shall be allowed from June 1-Sept. 1.  The filling of in-ground or above-ground swimming pools from the municipal water supply shall be prohibited after June 1.

Please check the Town of Randolph website for updates or call the Randolph DPW at 781-961-0940.


Sharon

New mandatory outdoor water restrictions, effective Aug. 23:  No irrigation systems allowed.

Effective August 23, 2016 until October 1, 2016, the Board of Selectmen voted to implement a full residential and commercial irrigation ban, with the exception of the utilization of handheld hoses between 6PM–6AM.

Call the Sharon Water Department with any questions: 781-784-1525 x2315

Please check the Town of Sharon website for updates.


Stoughton

Currently there are NO outside watering restrictions.

Water supplied by Massachusetts Water Resources Authority (MWRA).  

Conserving water is always a good idea.  Click here for  outdoor water conservation tips.

Please check the Town of Stoughton website for more information, or call the Stoughton Water Department at 781-344-2112.


Walpole

Effective as of June 28, 2016, thru October 3, 2016.

LAWN WATERING

Between the hours of 5:00 p.m. and 12:00 a.m.:

  • properties with odd numbered street addresses will only be allowed to water lawns on Mondays and Wednesdays.
  • properties with even numbered addresses will only be allowed to water lawns on Tuesdays and Thursdays.    

OTHER OUTDOOR WATER USE

The following outdoor water uses are not restricted and are allowed on any day at any time.

  • Handheld watering of vegetable and flower gardens with a garden hose equipped with a spring loaded nozzle
  • Car washing with a hose equipped with a spring loaded nozzle
  • Topping off and filling of swimming pools
  • Filling of “kiddie” pools
  • Power washing of a house

This policy is MANDATORY and shall remain in effect until October 3, 2016.  At this time we are confident that this policy, if adhered to, will provide the safeguards necessary to maintain adequate levels of water supply for fire protection, public health and overall good of the community.

Violators of this policy are subject to fines or other enforcement action, as determined by the Board of Sewer & Water Commissioners.

It is strongly suggested that extensive landscaping such as reseeding or sodding of lawns not take place during this time period as no waivers to this policy will be granted.

We regret any inconvenience that this policy may cause and thank you for your anticipated cooperation.

Any questions regarding this policy can be answered by contacting the Water Department at (508) 660-7309.

Please check the Town of Walpole website for updates.


Westwood (Dedham-Westwood Water District)

TOTAL BAN ON NONESSENTIAL OUTSIDE WATERING: EFFECTIVE AUG. 26

Due to the increased severity of the drought and upon the recommendation of the MA DEP, we are implementing a total ban on nonessential outdoor water use, effective Friday August 26.

An exception is that hand held hose watering of flowers and vegetables is still allowed

Drought Advisory declared on July 8, 2016 for region including Dedham and Westwood  Learn more-  http://www.mass.gov/eea/pr-2016/drought-watch-drought-advisory-issued

Please check the Dedham-Westwood Water District website for updates or call the DWWD office at 781-329-7090.


For a list of municipal water use restrictions across Massachusetts, please click here.

5 responses to “Outdoor Watering Restrictions”

  1. […] your lawn is dormant or dead, be sure to follow your local outdoor water restrictions.  During times of drought, water needs to be conserved for fire fighting and public […]

  2. Dennis Winters says:

    Sad that the MWRA does not restrict outdoor watering I. Such times is drought-
    Shame on them-

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