AMHERST, Mass. (WWLP) – Amherst put a mandatory water ban into effect on August 19, due to the severe drought we’re experiencing here in western Massachusetts.
The restrictions include watering lawns, washing cars, buildings, or filling swimming pools. At least 160 communities across the state have implemented some type of water restrictions this summer.
Those water restrictions have gotten so tight that Amherst College actually has to have water delivered now, so they can continue with construction and keep watering their plants.
With students back on campus now, the demand for water is even greater.
Lou Capone from Capone’s Pool Water ihas been delivering water to the college every day, so that they can water this new hill of shrubs.
“When I’m busy doing water it’s usually May, June, July and then it slows down and I get ready for my plowing season, but we haven’t slowed down. The people I’ve been filling their pools now, I’m bringing tanks to their house because the reason I fill their pool is because they’re on a well,” Capone said.
He told 22News that many people who have shallow wells have woken up to find their well ran dry at some point this summer.
The state did recently upgrade the drought severity in the Pioneer Valley from a drought advisory to a drought watch.