Water use restriction issued for Northampton, effective immediately

Hampshire County

A water use restriction has been issued in Northampton for users of the city’s Public Water Supply effective immediately.

In a news release from Department of Public Works Director Donna Lascaleia, an immediate ban on non-essential outdoor water use is required between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m.

The water uses banned include:

  • Irrigation of lawns and watering of gardens, flowers, and ornamental plants, except by means of a hand-held hose
  • Irrigation systems may be used from 5:01 PM – 8:59 AM
  • Washing of vehicles, other than by commercial car wash
  • Washing of exterior building surfaces, parking lots, driveways or sidewalks, except as needed to apply paint, preservatives, stucco, pavement or cement

Limiting water use, especially non-essential water use, is needed to ensure a sustainable water supply and to protect stream flow for aquatic life in the Mill River, the release noted.

Lascaleia stated:

“This is in accordance with the city’s water management act permit, issued and enforced by DEP. The metric that is used is streamflow in the Mill River, which has fallen below threshold. The streamflow has been below 26.3 cubic feet per second for three consecutive days.”

According to Lascaleia, the city measures the stream of flow in the Mill River and when it drops below 26.3, restrictions must be imposed.

Friday’s measurement was 24.2, which is 2 feet below threshold. Lascaleia said this usually happens around this time and is encouraging residents to use the city’s website for water conservation tips.

Anyone found violating the restrictions is subject to a fine of $100 for the first violation and $200 for the second and subsequent violations.

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