Attleboro implementing water restrictions next month

Leah Crowley and Vallery Maravi

ATTLEBORO, Mass. (WPRI) — Starting on May 1, the city of Attleboro will be implementing a water ban.

Water Department Superintendent Kourtney Allen says the extra water volume will allow the city to meet summer demand.

“In order to keep those permitted volumes, there are conditions in the permit, and one of those conditions is to institute some sort of water restrictions,” Allen explained. “That’s regardless of whether or not there’s rain,” she continued.

According to the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protections, statewide water bans are only put in place when there is a drought declaration. The decision to implement bans is otherwise left up to individual municipalities.

Between the hours of 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., all non-essential water use will be prohibited. Watering lawns, cleaning vehicles and washing buildings, parking lots or sidewalks are all considered non-essential uses.

“Outside of those hours, you can do all of those things,” Allen said. “If you need water to run your business, you can use it all day. If you need to fill a pool, even a kiddie pool, play sprinkler, things like that, all of that is allowed 24 hours,” she added.

Attleboro residents who violate the restrictions will be sent a warning. A fine of $25 will be given for the second violation and $50 fine will be awarded for a third violation.

The restrictions are set to be in place until Sept. 30.

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2024-04-13 01:59:24

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