Water use ban still active in Northampton

The city would pay a fine for lifting the ban before state standards are satisfied

NORTHAMPTON, Mass. (WWLP) – After all the rain Wednesday, you wouldn’t think Northampton would still be under a water use ban. But the restrictions on watering lawns and washing cars may continue until next week.

Northampton’s Public Works Water Superintendent Greg Nuttelman told 22News, the Massachusetts Environmental Protection Agency ordered the restrictions earlier this week.

Before Wednesday’s storm, the Mill River water level at the Clement Bridge didn’t measure up to the necessary 26-point-3 cubic feet per second.

It probably does now, after Wednesday’s downpour. But according to state standards, the water needs to be at that level for seven days before the ban can be lifted, or else the city would have to pay a fine.

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