EASTHAMPTON, Mass. (WWLP) – The Easthampton Department of Public Works has implemented a water use restriction for users of the public water supply.
According to Director of Public Works Joseph Pipczynski, the following water uses are limited to two days per week prior to 9:00 a.m. or after 5:00 p.m.:
- Irrigation of lawns except by means of handheld hose
- Washing of vehicles, other than by commercial car wash or as necessary for operator safety
- Washing of exterior building surfaces, parking lots, driveways or sidewalks
- Production of food and watering of livestock is exempt from this restrictioN
MassDEP requires that a water use restriction be implemented when stream-flow in the Connecticut River drops below a certain quantity of flow for a 3-day period.
“Limiting water use, especially non-essential outdoor water use, is needed to ensure a sustainable water supply and to protect stream flow for aquatic life,” Pipczynski said.
Any person found violating the water use restriction may be subject to the fines established Section 12-49 of the City Ordinances. The restriction will be in effect until further notice.
The City of Northampton also has a water use restriction in place.