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Effective immediately, the City of Northampton Department of Public Works (DPW) is ending the water use restriction for users of the Northampton Public Water Supply. The City’s water supply system is regulated by the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (DEP). DEP requires that water use 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 consecutive 3-day period during the months of May through September, or when the Massachusetts Drought Task Force declares drought conditions at a drought advisory level or higher. At this time, the Mill River stream gauge monitoring period has ended and there is no drought advisory. Additionally, the City’s reservoir levels are satisfactory. Therefore, the water use restriction is lifted.
The City appreciates the efforts water users have made to comply with the ban on non-essential water use.
End of Water Use Restrictions Notice (pdf) - December 30, 2019