Hadley water ban turns mandatory; exempts farms

HADLEY, Mass. (WWLP) – A five-day voluntary water ban in Hadley just turned mandatory. But a lot of people still don’t know about it. As 22News drove down Route 9 on Thursday, we saw sprinklers on and people washing their car. Both are violations of Hadley’s water ban.

Here’s the details of Hadley’s mandatory water ban. Even numbered addresses can only water on even days. Odd numbers on odd days. Water can only take place between 5-9AM and 6-10PM.

22News found Maureen Fleming watering the flowers. She didn’t know about the ban.

“I did not know about it. Now that I know about it, I will be much more careful with my water usage.”

The ban means you can’t use a sprinkler, wash your car, or fill the swimming pool.

“We have an emergency response plan with DEP that was approved and we are exceeding our withdrawal permit so more water is being used that what we are allowed to supply,” said Hadley DPW Director Marlo Warner.

The ban does not apply to farm land, and some businesses. The ban also doesn’t apply to people who have private wells, and people who use rainwater recapturing systems to water.

“When we put in this house about four years ago we decided we wanted to put in the rain barrels to help supplement any watering that we’d have to do because we have two and a half acres here. So we are trying to save some money. But obviously since we are in a drought system, we haven’t been able to get them filled up again,” said Sandra Deforge of Hadley.

Without a ban, Hadley’s water usage would have continued to exceed what the state allows, and the town could be fined.

The Pioneer Valley is 15 to 20 inches of rain below average for where we should be so far this year.

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