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Danvers Moves to 'Drought Conditions' Restrictions

The restriction means that outdoor lawn and garden watering is restricted to hand-held hoses and cans only from 7 p.m. to 8 a.m. No sprinklers or irrigation systems will be allowed.

Photo credit: Patch file photo.
Photo credit: Patch file photo.
The Town of Danvers Department of Public Works announced on Thursday it has moved to Level 5 Drought Conditions because of the Ipswich River's low flow and "rapid decrease of water levels in the reservoir."

Level 5 means that outdoor lawn and garden watering is restricted to hand-held hoses and cans only from 7 p.m. to 8 a.m. No sprinklers or irrigation systems will be allowed.  

Also not permitted are filling swimming pools and washing cars. 

The DPW reported that: 

"These water restrictions were instituted when the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) mandated regulations as part of the Water Management Act, due to growing concerns of highly stressed river basins.  Danvers is one of several communities in the Ipswich River basin which is a stressed water basin that prompted these new regulations. DEP regulations include a summer cap, which runs from May 1 through Oct. 1, restricting Town use to 3.8 million gallons per day (mgd) on a yearly average.  Conserving water now will reduce the need for the Town to implement more stringent restrictions later."

"'We promote conservation all year long,' said DPW Director David Lane. “Now we are in need of residents to really take charge and drop their water use.  If everyone makes an effort to save, then we will be okay.”

The Town is warning that restrictions will be enforced.

“The police will be assisting us as well as our own DPW crews who are around Town all day,” said Lane. 

First time violators will get a warning letter and subsequent violations will result in a $300 fine. 

“Please do your part: turn off your sprinklers, monitor water play by children, run only full loads of laundry or dishes, shut the water off when you brush your teeth and shave, etc.  These are just a few tips; I am sure you can think of other ways to help save water.  The Town thanks all of you for helping,” said Lane.

If you have any questions on the water restrictions, please contact the DPW at 978-777-0001 x3011.

Pat July 03, 2014 at 02:23 PM
Does this go for irrigation systems run from well water?
M. M. July 03, 2014 at 02:34 PM
Level 5 means that outdoor lawn and garden watering is restricted to hand-held hoses and cans only from 7 p.m. to 8 a.m. No sprinklers or irrigation systems will be allowed.
Pat July 03, 2014 at 02:51 PM
a simple "Yes" would have been nicer!
MEB July 03, 2014 at 02:54 PM
So the town is going to stop watering lawns and sidewalks? Are commercial businesses as well?
Pat July 03, 2014 at 09:57 PM
FYI-According to the water Department you can use irrigation systems that use well water, you just have to put the sign out on your lawn stating that it is well water!! So YOU CAN water your lawn if you use a well.

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