The Select Board has authorized a voluntary water restriction on any outdoor water use between the hours of 5:00 AM and 8:00 AM daily from June 1 to October 1, 2021.
Lowering our peak water usage helps the DPW and the Mass. Water Resources Authority (MWRA) better manage flow and ensure that everyone gets enough water pressure for that pick-me-up shower in the morning.
Your lawn needs about an inch of water a week from a combination of rain and watering. You can put an empty can out on your lawn when your sprinklers are running and see how long it takes to get an inch of water in it.
Watering once a week for longer sends the water, and the grass roots, deeper into the soil. This makes your grass more drought-resistant.
If you have automatic sprinklers, set them for early in the morning, so that they turn off by 5:00 AM. Otherwise, try to water between 8:00 AM and 10:00 AM, before it gets hot and the water just evaporates before it soaks in.
Spruce Up Your Sprinker System
- Select a WaterSense® labeled irrigation controller and water smarter.
- Inspect sprinkler heads. A broken one can waste 25,000 gallons of water in six months!
- Connect hoses and pipes well. A leak as small as the tip of a pen can waste 6,300 gallons of water per month@
- Direct spray on landscapes, not pavement!
Look for WaterSense - meets EPA criteria. epa.gov/watersense