Outdoor Watering Ban in Effect

Outdoor Watering Ban in Effect

Residents Can Help Ensure Sustainable Water Supply

A ban on outdoor watering is in effect in the Town of Littleton for consumers of the Littleton Water Department.  The ban is necessary to conserve water due to a reduction in available supply from the Spectacle Pond well site.

What outdoor watering is prohibited?

Under the ban, non-essential outdoor water uses that are prohibited include:

  • Watering lawns via sprinklers or automatic irrigation systems.
  • Washing exterior building surfaces, parking lots, driveways, or sidewalks, except as necessary to apply surface treatments such as paint, preservatives, stucco, pavement or cement.
  • Washing vehicles, except in a commercial car wash, or as necessary for operator safety.
  • Filling swimming pools.

What outdoor watering is allowed?

The following uses are allowed:

  • Watering to establish a new lawn and new plantings during the months of May and September.
  • Irrigation of public parks and recreational fields using automatic sprinklers outside the hours of 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Watering vegetable gardens using a hand-held hose.  

What are the penalties for violating the ban?

Any person violating this regulation shall be liable to the Town of Littleton Water Department as follows: 1st Violation: Written warning; 2nd Violation: $50.00 fine; 3rd Violation: $200.00 fine; 4th Violation: $400.00 fine and reduction in water availability to allow for basic water use needs. Each day of violation shall constitute a separate offense.

Why is there a reduction in supply?

LELWD’s overall well capacity has been reduced due to the presence of a contaminant known as PFAS in water from the Spectacle Pond well site.  Tests have shown that the Spectacle Pond wells have PFAS at an average of 25 parts per trillion. These wells are being used minimally until work is completed on a temporary water main that will allow LELWD to blend water from the Spectacle Pond and Beaver Brook wells to reduce PFAS levels.

The purpose of blending the two sources is to lower the levels of PFAS below the new state PFAS standard of 20 ppt., but the system will still not be operating at full capacity.  The blending solution will enable recovery of half of the Spectacle Pond well capacity.  That means there will be less water available during the drier and higher-use summer months.

For more information on LELWD’s plan to remove PFAS from the water supply, click here.

WHERE CAN I GET MORE INFORMATION?

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