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Posted on: April 14, 2021

[ARCHIVED] Northampton Implements a Water Use Restriction

For Immediate Release - April 14, 2021


Effective immediately the City of Northampton Department of Public Works (DPW) is implementing a water use restriction for users of the Northampton Public Water Supply. The recent drought conditions in the Northeast have triggered the need for this water restriction. Limiting water use, especially non-essential outdoor water use, is needed to ensure a sustainable water supply and to protect stream flow for aquatic life.

An immediate ban on nonessential outdoor water use is required between the hours of 9 AM and 5 PM. The water uses banned include:

  • Irrigation of lawns and watering of gardens, flowers and ornamental plants
    • Watering by means of a handheld hose is permissible
  • Washing of vehicles, other than by commercial car wash
  • Washing of exterior building surfaces, parking lots, driveways, or sidewalks
    • Except as needed to apply paint, preservatives, stucco, pavement or cement 

The City’s water supply system is regulated by the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (DEP). DEP requires that water restrictions be implemented when stream flow in the Mill River drops below a certain quantity of flow (26.3 cubic feet per second) for a 3-day period or when the DEP Drought Task Force declares Drought Advisory Level 1 or higher. At this time, the DEP Drought Task Force has declared Drought Advisory Level 1. The water restriction can be lifted when the stream flow rises above that level for 7 consecutive days or when the DEP Drought Task Force lifts the Drought Advisory. The City will notify the public when the water restriction is lifted. Please visit the DPW website at for water conservation tips.

Any person found violating these water restrictions is subject to the fines established in Chapter 325 and Chapter 40 of the City Ordinances. These fines are $100 for the first violation and $200 for the second and subsequent violations.


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