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Dry Conditions Lead to Even Greater Water Restrictions

The change in restrictions is due to the low flow in the Ipswich River.

Photo credit: Patch file photo.
Photo credit: Patch file photo.

Only a few days after moving water restrictions to Level 3, Danvers has announced an added increase in water restrictions. 

Here is the information from the Danvers DPW:

The Town of Danvers announces an increase in water restrictions to Level 4.  This means outdoor watering with sprinklers and/or irrigation systems is allowed on Tuesday and Saturday ONLY from 7 to 10 p.m. Hand watering (hand held hoses with nozzles and watering cans) is allowed anytime. Car washing is also allowed. This change in restrictions is due to the low flow in the Ipswich River. 

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 October 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.  The small changes you make can make a big difference!

The Town is requesting residents to watch for changes in the water restriction levels as the summer progresses.  The Town will announce changes on Town building signage throughout the Town, local cable access television, the town website (www.danvers.govoffice.com), the Danvers DPW Facebook & Twitter pages, and the local newspapers.  If you have any questions on the water restrictions, please call the Department of Public Works at 978-777-0001 x3011.

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