Water use restrictions issued for Southwick, effective immediately

Hampden County
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A mandatory water use restriction has been issued in Southwick effective immediately Friday afternoon.

In a news release to 22News from the town, the Board of Water Commissioners has declared a State of Water Supply Conservation, resulting in mandatory water restrictions on non-essential outdoor use for all customers of the Southwick Water Department through September 30.

Residents who are not customers of the town’s water system or use outdoor water from other resources like private well or lakes are not subject to these restrictions, however, all town residents are strongly urged to use water wisely.

Non-essential outdoor water use will be allowed one day per week and only before 9 a.m. and after 5 p.m., depending on the location and property number.

The daily schedule of permitted non-essential outdoor water use is as follows:

• Monday – North Region, odd number properties
• Tuesday – North Region, even number properties
• Wednesday – South Region, odd number properties
• Thursday – South Region, even number properties

Residents on Granville Road, Depot Street, and South Longyard Road will be considered within the North Region.

No non-essential outdoor water use is allowed on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.

Examples of non-essential water use:

• Irrigation of lawns via sprinklers or automatic irrigation systems
• Washing of vehicles, except in a commercial car wash or as necessary for operator safety
or to prevent damage and/or maintain the performance of agricultural or construction
vehicles or equipment
• Washing of exterior building surfaces, parking lots, driveways or sidewalks, except as
necessary to apply surface treatments such as paint, preservatives, stucco, pavement or
cement

Examples of water use allowed during restrictions:

• Irrigation to establish a new lawn and new plantings during the months of May and
September
• Irrigation of parks and recreational fields by means of automatic sprinklers outside the
hours of 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM (early morning or late evening)
• Irrigation of gardens, flowers and ornamental plants by means of a hand-held hose,
soaker hose or drip irrigation system
• Irrigation of lawns by means of a hand-held hose only
• Irrigation with harvested and stored stormwater runoff
• For health and safety reasons
• By regulation
• For the production of food and fiber
• For the maintenance of livestock
• To meet the core functions of a business (i.e. irrigation by golf courses as necessary to
maintain tees, greens, and limited fairway watering; or irrigation by plant nurseries as
necessary to maintain stock or establish new plantings, wash equipment to prevent
damage and/or maintain performance, pest management and plant cooling)

The water restrictions are in place to monitor levels and maintain stream flow in the Westfield River, which drops during the months of May, June, July, August and September. The water restrictions are MassDEP’s effort to protect fish habitat for spring spawning and summer growth.

There are no water use restrictions between October and April.

The town is able to track outdoor water usage during the mandatory restrictions using the new metering system that shows hourly usage for all residents. Anyone caught violating the mandatory restrictions could be fined $50 for the first offense and $100 for every repeated offense.

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