NORTHAMPTON, Mass. (WWLP) – Despite recent rain, we’re seeing some early water bans in western Massachusetts.
The Northampton Department of Public Works has implemented water use restrictions until further notice. Following recent rains and improved drought conditions, Northampton residents are asking why?
Roseanna Stone of Florence told 22News, “I’m very confused cause I got the call, listened to it actually yesterday, very lengthy call, and was just really shocked. We have another water restriction.”
Usually when the Mill River in Northampton drops a certain level over the span of three days, water restrictions are imposed but that’s not why restrictions have been posted.
Northampton’s DPW Director Donna Lascaleia told 22News all that rain wasn’t enough; “At this time the Massachusetts Drought Task Force has declared a drought level for this region and that’s why we have implemented a water ban.”
Northampton’s under a “Drought Advisory”, which means conditions are dry enough to warrants closer tracking by government agencies. Under the restrictions, Northampton residents are prohibited from using sprinklers to water their lawns; they can use a hose to water grass or plants, but only between 5:00 p.m. and 9:00 a.m. Using a hose to wash cars, building surfaces, parking lots, driveways, or sidewalks is also prohibited.
The DPW said anyone who violates the water restrictions could face a $100 fine for a first offense, and $200 for any subsequent offenses.
The Drought Task Force will be meeting again on May 7th to re-evaluate drought conditions.