WESTFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) - After 12 days in a row of dry weather, water restrictions in Westfield were the last thing some people wanted.
Hoses and sprinklers in Westfield were dry in the middle of the day Wednesday as water restrictions that have been in place since May 1st.
"It's a little shocking that they would put restrictions on how much water you can use, I mean given that we all pay taxes, all pay for the water," said Andrew Renfro from Westfield.
It's not the lack of rain, but repair work on the Granville dam that's causing the restrictions. Westfield normally gets half of its water supply from that dam.
"What's under construction is the replacement of the raw water main which conveys the water from the dam to our treatment plant in Southwick, that's offline and we're installing a new section of pipe," said Francis Cain, Deputy Superintendent of the Westfield Water Resources Water Division.
Water restrictions will be in place through the end of September, which mean you can only use water on certain days, and only before 9am or after 5pm.
If your house is an odd numbered house in Westfield you can only water Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays. Even numbered houses can only water Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays.
There are some exceptions, including the fact that you are allowed to water your vegetables when they need it. But for Celina Collier, the restrictive schedule makes gardening difficult.
"Trying to use the hoses and struggle with that is enough and then without being able to water in the daytime is hard too. Before work, after work and getting in trouble… I've already seen some people who were told to turn off sprinklers," said Collier of Westfield.
After a warning, you could be fined up to 50 dollars per violation.
For information on what you can and can't water and which days, click here .