From the blog of the Northampton DPW:
The City of Northampton Department of Public Works (DPW) has implemented a water use restriction for users of the Northampton Public Water Supply. Limiting water use, especially non-essential outdoor water use, is needed to ensure a sustainable water supply and to protect stream flow for aquatic life
An immediate restriction on nonessential outdoor water use is required. The following water uses are now allowed only one day per week:
· Automatic irrigation of lawns, flowers, and ornamental plants
o Handheld hoses are allowed any day outside the hours of 9 AM to 5 PM
· Washing of vehicles, other than by commercial car wash
· Washing of exterior building surfaces, parking lots, driveways or sidewalks
Production of food is exempt from restrictions.
The City will notify the public when the water restriction is lifted. Please visit the DPW website at www.northamptonma.gov/dpw for the complete restriction policy and water conservation tips.
Any person found violating these water restrictions is subject to the fines established in Chapter 325 and Chapter 40 of the City Ordinances. These fines are $100 for the first violation and $200 for the second and subsequent violations.
EDWARD S. HUNTLEY, P.E.
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