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June 21, 2022 1:00 PM

Full Outdoor Watering Restriction

On June 15, 2022, the Massachusetts Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs declared a Level 2- Significant Drought. A Full Outdoor Watering Restriction on all non-essential outdoor watering must be implemented immediately.

Because the Town of Burlington makes their own water at the Mill Pond Reservoir, we must comply with what is mandated by the state per our permit with the DEP. Many surrounding Towns have alternative water sources like MWRA and do not need to adhere as strictly.

Outdoor watering restrictions consist of:
NO Irrigation of lawns via sprinklers or automatic irrigation systems

The following uses are permitted:
Watering of gardens, flowers, and ornamental plantings by means of a hand-held hose only, will be allowed before 9 a.m. and after 5 p.m.

To meet core functions of a business or commercial activity

Applying necessary surface treatments (aka washing exterior surfaces) such as paint, preservatives, stucco, pavement, or cement.

According to the Town Bylaws Section 5.4 the Town, through its Select Board, may declare a State of Water Conservation. Section 5.9 states the Penalties for violating the Water Restriction are:

Any person violating shall be issued a warning for the first violation, shall be liable to the Town in the amount of $50 for the second violation, and $100 for each subsequent violation thereafter.

These fines are non-criminal disposition.

Water Ban
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