NORTHAMPTON, Mass. (WWLP) – The stream-flow in the Mill River dropped below what’s regulated by the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection, which means the City of Northampton must issue water use restrictions.
According to Donna Lascaleia, the Director of Northampton’s Department of Public Works, the restrictions impact those who use the Northampton Public Water Supply. She said the restrictions are meant to help “ensure a sustainable water supply and protect stream flow for aquatic life.”
Residents must limit non-essential outdoor water use. The following water uses are not allowed between 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m.:
- Irrigation of lawns except by means of handheld hose
- 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
Kate Glynn of Northampton told 22News, “I don’t have a problem with a water ban. I have a yard and I don’t see a problem with all joining together to save a little bit of water.”
Lascaleia said if anyone is caught violating the water restrictions, they will be fine $100 for the first violation and $200 for the second, and subsequent violations.
The water restrictions will be lifted when the stream flow rises above the regulated level for 7 consecutive days. Lascaleia said the City will notify the public when the restriction is lifted.