EASTHAMPTON, Mass. (WWLP) – The City of Easthampton is placing water use restrictions due to a mild drought.

The drought affects the Connecticut River valley region. The restrictions are effective immediately and limit the use of water between the hours of 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Residents may only use water once a week outside the hours of 9 a.m. to 5 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

Watering of livestock and the production of food is allowed. When the water restriction is lifted the City will inform the public.

Connecticut River Valley in Mild Drought Status

Courtesy: Energy and Environmental Affairs

The state’s Drought Management Task Force has issued a Level 1-Mild Drought warning for the Connecticut River Valley and Central regions of the state.

According to a news release sent to 22News from the Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs (EOEEA), the state has experienced lower than average rainfall this spring. The state suggests these drought guidelines for both residents and businesses using municipal water or private wells:

For Region in Level 1 – Mild Drought-

Residents and Businesses:

  • Toilets, faucets and showers are more than 60% of indoor use.  Make sure yours are WaterSense efficient.
  • Limit outdoor watering to 1 day a week (only from 5:00PM – 9:00AM), or less frequently if required by your water supplier

Short- and Medium-Term Steps for Communities:

  • Establish a year-round water conservation program that includes public education and communication;
  • Provide timely information to local residents and businesses;
  • Check emergency inter-connections for water supply; and
  • Develop a local drought management plan (click here for more information).

“Most regions across the Commonwealth are now experiencing drought-like conditions, so we all need to continue to implement water conservation methods in order to reduce impacts on our water supplies and our natural environment, which supports migrating species of fish, aquatic plant life, and habitats and ecosystems, ” said Energy and Environmental Affairs Secretary Beth Card. “These dry conditions also serve as an important reminder that extra precautions should be taken when utilizing an open flame in order to prevent wildland fires.”

“As we enter summer with drought conditions across much of the Commonwealth, we ask residents to follow any local water restrictions, minimize water usage, and be cautious when using charcoal grills, matches, fire pits, and other open flames,” said Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) Acting Director Dawn Brantley. “MEMA will continue to work with our partners and the inter-agency Drought Mission Group to coordinate the response to the drought conditions.”

State agencies will continue to monitor water conditions across the state. The Drought Management Task Force will meet on Monday, July 11 to assess current conditions and will provide updates to the public.