Here’s what you need to know about water mass restrictions


Water scarcity can cause dangerous situations in Massachusetts cities, with no relief in sight.

Sprinklers water the lawn at a Belmont house on Wednesday. Erin Clark / Globe Staff

Parts of Massachusetts are also grappling with a severe drought for an entire week heat waveCities across the state have mandatory water use restrictions.

As temperatures rise and water levels drop, dangers have emerged in Massachusetts cities. In Pembroke, water levels were so low earlier in the week that they affected the water pressure in fire hydrants, a situation said by Fire Chief Jason Vivieros. Boston Globe It can be “dangerous” if a fire breaks out.

The town issued a state of emergency water banDemanding citizens to “immediately stop using non-essential water that may be required in an emergency. This includes, but is not limited to, washing cars, watering lawns, and filling swimming pools.” Anyone violating the ban will face an unspecified fine.

To avoid situations like Pembroke, 124 cities currently have mandatory restrictions governing the use of water from public suppliers, according to data from Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection. These restrictions apply to cities, towns, and golf courses, and vary by water system or community. Typical restrictions include restrictions on the hours of the day one can water, days of the week, and restrictions on automatic sprinklers or irrigation systems. In severe cases, they can impose a complete ban on outdoor watering.

Some cities, such as Fairhaven, have voluntary restrictions in place. in statementThe town asked residents to water their lawns every day to maintain the overall water supply. There is no fine for those who choose not to comply.

This does not mean that Massachusetts residents should be afraid to use water during a drought. Natick horticulturist and meteorologist Dave Epstein explained that it’s possible to follow your city’s water restrictions while protecting your plants.

According to Thursday’s data from Drought Monitor in the United Statesthe entire state of Massachusetts faces some form of water scarcity, with the western massif categorized as “abnormally dry” and the mid-block classified as an area experiencing “moderately dry.”

Parts of eastern Massachusetts have been upgraded to a “severe drought” designation since last week. Areas experiencing severe drought now include all of Essex, Middlesex, Norfolk and Suffolk as well as parts of Worcester, Bristol and Plymouth counties.

Drought Monitor in the United States

Under severe drought conditions, outdoor burn warnings are issued, air and water quality is affected, and trees become brittle and susceptible to insects, according to the monitor.

There is no end in sight to this drought, as rising temperatures continue to dominate whatever rainfall Massachusetts may receive for the foreseeable future.

“Summer warmth stays with us next week. Overall, a dry pattern prevails with scattered rain/storms Thu/Fri. Not much relief from persistent dry conditions is expected,” Norton National Weather Service He said Tuesday.

For the next few months, WBZ-TV meteorologist Terry Eliassen Wrote We may be into “more of the same”.

“Long-term models indicate a fairly stable ridge for much of the central and eastern parts of the country…which means more heat and more drought,” he continued. “Our best chance for relief, unfortunately, may come from some tropical system down the road.”

As the heat wave progresses, experts are advising Massachusetts residents to follow state and local guidelines — for public water use and personal safety — until the drought finally ends.

Epstein wrote in vertical for Boston Globe. “However, I can’t do anything about it and complaining or worrying is just something my brain has to chew on, so I try not to focus and water what I can until this is over.”

To see all water restrictions in Massachusetts cities, click over here Or contact your local community government or public water provider.