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Posted on: June 8, 2022

[ARCHIVED] City of Northampton Implements Water Use Restriction


For Immediate release – June 8, 2022


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. 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. 

Between the hours of 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. no non-essential water use is allowed.

Nonessential water use includes:

  • Irrigation of lawns and watering of gardens, flowers, and ornamental plants by means of sprinklers or other mechanical means.

    • Watering by means of handheld hose is permissible between the hours of 9 a.m. and 5 p.m.

  • 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.

From 5 p.m. until 9 a.m. unrestricted outdoor water use is allowed.

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 three day period or when the DEP Drought Task Force declares Drought Advisory Level 1 or higher. At this time, the stream flow in the Mill River has dropped below 26.3 cubic feet per second for a consecutive three day period. The water restriction can be lifted when the stream flow rises above that level for seven 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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