Outdoor Watering Restrictions In Effect

Outdoor Watering Restrictions in Effect

Per MassDEP

Please Conserve Water

Due to dry weather affecting nearby river flows, MassDEP is requiring LELWD water customers to conserve and observe water restrictions as per the town’s Water Management Act permit.

The Water Use Restrictions, a condition of LELWD’s Water Management Act Permit from MassDEP, are:

  • Nonessential outdoor water uses are permitted before 9 a.m. and after 5 p.m. daily.
  • Nonessential outdoor water uses include:
    • irrigation of lawns via sprinklers or automatic irrigation systems;
    • washing of vehicles, except in a commercial car wash or as necessary for operator safety; and
    • washing of exterior building surfaces, parking lots, driveways or sidewalks, except as necessary to apply surface treatments such as paint, preservatives, stucco, pavement or cement.

The following uses may be allowed when mandatory restrictions are in place:

  • irrigation to establish a new lawn and new plantings during the months of May and September;
  • irrigation of public parks and recreational fields by means of automatic sprinklers outside the hours of 9 am to 5 pm; and
  • irrigation of lawns, gardens, flowers and ornamental plants by means of a hand-held hose.

Water uses NOT subject to mandatory restrictions are those required:

  • for health or safety reasons;
  • by regulation;
  • for the production of food and fiber;
  • for the maintenance of livestock; or
  • to meet the core functions of a business (for example, irrigation by golf courses as necessary to maintain tees, greens, and limited fairway watering, or irrigation by plant nurseries as necessary to maintain stock).

Private Well Owners

While private well owners are not required to comply with the water restrictions, we ask that they do their part to conserve water, as it all comes from the same aquifer.


Residents and consumers are encouraged to call LWD with any questions at 978-540-2222.

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