North & South Rivers Watershed Association

Towns Implement Stricter Water Restrictions as Drought Continues

As the drought in eastern Massachusetts continues, many towns on the South Shore are implementing stricter water restrictions. At the town meeting in Scituate Tuesday night, DPW Director Kevin Cafferty reported that the town only has a 30- to 45-day supply of water left.

According to an article by WATD reporter Charles Mathewson, Scituate has imposed tighter limitations on watering to include “no handheld hoses, no filling of swimming pools, no washing of vehicles and no washing of buildings, parking lots, driveways or sidewalks, unless you need water for any health reasons. Also, for the core functions of a business we do allow watering of shrubs, flowers or vegetable gardens by watering can only”.

Aquarion Water Company has banned the use of irrigation systems, sprinklers, and soaker hoses Hingham, Hull and parts of Cohasset, according to Patriot Ledger reporter Jessica Trufant.

In reaction to the continuing drought, Mass Rivers and 44 environmental groups including NSRWA, sent a letter to Matthew Beaton, Secretary Executive Office for Energy and Environmental Affairs, asking for increased action in drought response.

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