SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – It’s been a waterless weekend for lawns and gardens in Springfield and four of its suburban neighboring towns. As of five o’clock Sunday afternoon, the outdoor watering restrictions were lifted, but a weekend without outdoor use of water was a long time for property owners, accustomed to keeping their sprinklers active during the summer. 22News found out how people have dealt with the restrictions.
Because it had rained so long and so hard last Wednesday, western Massachusetts lawns and gardens were in better shape than they might have been with a 72 hour stoppage of outdoor watering in the five city’s and towns. 22News found most people were not inconvenienced by the restrictions.
“Not in any way. Of course I didn’t water my lawn or wash my truck like they said. They did call me up on the phone and said there was a water restriction,” said Don Piacentini of Agawam.
The Springfield Water and Sewer Commission needed the time to a transmission main that delivers water from the Provin Mountain reservoir to Springfield, Agawam, Longmeadow, East Longmeadow and Ludlow. The towns notified their residents, but not everyone in Springfield knew of the weekend water outdoor water use restrictions.
“I didn’t know there was a water ban. Obviously with all the perishable plants that we have here they need to be watered twice a day. Fortunately we have a well; we could switch over to a well,” said Steve Pordenuk of Sixteen Acres Garden Supply.
When 22News found out Friday that Springfield College was watering its baseball field because the school wasn’t notified, we checked with Joyce Mulvaney of the Sewer and Water Commission. Mulvaney said the city’s Blackboard Connect system placed 57,000 calls notifying homes and business of the water situation, but those not called hadn’t registered with the city requesting such notifications.
From what 22News has been able to learn, the Commission will have the transmission line fixed and the restrictions lifted within its original estimate of 72 hours.