.Non-essential water use restrictions for Massachusetts' communities. Updated June 23, 2016.

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Alphabetical list of towns with water-use restrictions pdf format of Municipal Water Use Restrictions List
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About Water Use Restrictions

MassDEP monitors municipal outdoor water use restrictions from May 1st to September 30th each year. Water use restrictions and bans are put into place by water suppliers for several reasons. Water use restrictions generally restrict nonessential outdoor watering; this includes activities such as watering your lawn. Suppliers may need to restrict water use because they have difficulty keeping up with peak summer demands, there is a short-term operational issue that necessitates limiting use, or they may be required by MassDEP to implement restrictions to help ensure that there is enough water in our rivers, ponds and streams to support native wildlife and habitat. Regardless of the reason for the water restrictions, these controls help to preserve water for essential in-home uses such as water for drinking, as well for emergency needs such as firefighting. Sometimes, water suppliers may request that their consumers voluntarily reduce their water use in an attempt to avoid having to make water use restrictions mandatory.  

Emergency restrictions or bans on nonessential water use are often a last resort for a water supplier; a final measure to reduce water consumption by their consumers. The restrictions imposed by suppliers vary, but often include limitations on the hours of the day you may water, the days per week you may water, limitations on automatic sprinklers or irrigation systems, or may be a complete ban on outdoor watering. To find out why a community has enacted a non-essential water use restriction and the details of those restrictions, please contact your local water supplier or local government.

Contacts

Contact your municipal public water supplier for updated restriction information: Public Water Supply Contact List for Water Use Restrictions  pdf format of PWS Contact List for Water Use Restrictions
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If you have any questions regarding this map, or if you represent a Public Water Supply and would like to add your community to the map, please contact Jen D'Urso at MassDEP, Jen.DUrso@state.ma.us or 617-654-6591.

Water Supplier Notification Form

Public water suppliers that implement mandatory restrictions are required to notify MassDEP by submitting the Notification of Water Use Restriction form doc format of Notification of Water Use Restriction
pdf format of                             Notification of Water Use Restriction                to the Water Management Act Program in MassDEP's Boston office.

Mandatory Restrictions

Acton
Water Supply District of Acton
5/1/2016

Ashburnham
Ashburnham Water Dept.
5/1/2016

Athol
Athol Water Dept.
6/16/2016

Auburn
Auburn Water District
5/1/2016

Ayer
Ayer Water Dept.
5/1/2016

Barre
Barre Water Dept.
5/1/2016

Bellingham
Bellingham Water Dept.
5/1/2016

Billerica 
Billerica Water Works 
5/1/2016

Blackstone
Blackstone Water Dept.
6/1/2016

Burlington 
Burlington Water Department
5/16/2016

Byfield
Byfield Water District
5/18/2016

Canton 
Canton Water Dept. 
5/1/2016

Chelmsford 
Chelmsford Water District 
5/1/2016

North Chelmsford
North Chelmsford Water District
5/1/2016

Danvers 
Danvers Water Division 
5/1/2016

Dartmouth 
Dartmouth Water Division 
5/1/2016

Devens
MassDevelopment
5/16/2016

Dover 
Colonial Water Co. 
5/1/2016

Easton 
Easton Water Division 
5/1/2016

Fitchburg
Fitchburg Water Dept.
5/19/2016

Foxborough 
Foxborough Water and Sewer Comm. 
5/1/2016

Franklin
Franklin Water Dept.
6/6/2016

Gardner
Gardner Water Dept.
5/30/2016

Georgetown
Georgetown Water Dept.
5/18/2016

Grafton 
South Grafton Water District 
5/1/2016

Groton 
West Groton Water Supply District 
5/1/2016

Hamilton
Hamilton Water Dept.
6/8/2016

Hingham
Aquarion Water Co.
5/1/2016

Holden
Holden DPW
5/1/2016

Holliston
Holliston Water Dept.
5/1/2016

Hopedale
Hopedale Water Dept.
5/1/2016

Hopkinton
Hopkinton Water Dept.
5/1/2016

Hudson
Hudson Water Dept.
5/1/2016

Hull
Aquarion Water Co.
5/1/2016

Ipswich
Ipswich Water Dept.
6/20/2016

Lincoln
Lincoln Water Dept.
5/1/2016

Littleton
Littleton Water Department
5/24/2016

Lunenburg
Lunenburg Water District
5/24/2016

Lynnfield
Lynnfield Center Water District 
1/1/2016

Mansfield 
Mansfield Water Dept. 
5/29/2016

Marlborough
Marlborough DPW Water Division
5/1/2016

Maynard
Maynard Dept. of Public Works
5/1/2016

Medfield
Medfield Water Dept.
6/2/2016

Middleborough 
Middleborough Water Dept. 
5/1/2016

Milford
Milford Water Co.
5/18/2016

Millbury
Aquarion Water Co.
5/1/2016

Millis
Millis Water Dept.
5/1/2016

Needham
Needham Water Dept.
5/2/2016

Norfolk
Norfolk Dept. of Public Works
1/1/2016

North Attleborough 
North Attleborough Water Division 
5/1/2016

North Reading
North Reading DPW
6/13/2016

Northampton
Northampton Water Dept.
6/21/2016

Norton 
Norton Water Department 
1/1/2016

Norwell
Norwell Water Dept.
6/6/2016

Oak Bluffs
Oak Bluffs Water District
5/1/2016

Orange
Orange Water Dept.
6/15/2016

Pepperell 
Pepperell Water Division 
5/1/2016

Plymouth 
Plymouth Water Company 
5/1/2016

Provincetown
Provincetown Water Dept.
6/1/2016

Raynham
North Raynham Water District
6/6/2016

Raynham 
Raynham Center Water District 
6/1/2016

Rowley 
Rowley Water Department 
5/1/2016

Rutland
Rutland Water Dept.
6/6/2016

Salisbury
Salisbury Water Dept.
6/6/2016

Scituate
Scituate Water Dept.
5/1/2016

Seekonk 
Seekonk Water District 
5/1/2016

Sharon
Sharon Water Dept.
5/1/2016

Shelburne
Shelburne Falls Fire District
6/20/2016

Shirley
Shirley Water District
5/1/2016

Shrewsbury 
Shrewsbury Water Dept. 
5/1/2016

Spencer 
Spencer Water Dept. 
5/1/2016

Sterling
Sterling Water Dept.
5/1/2016

Sturbridge
Sturbridge Water Dept.
5/23/2016

Sudbury
Sudbury Water District
5/18/2016

Sutton
Wilkinsonville Water District
5/1/2016

Templeton
Templeton Light and Water
6/17/2016

Topsfield
Topsfield Water Dept.
5/26/2016

Townsend
Townsend Water Dept.
5/1/2016

Upton
Upton Water Dept.
5/1/2016

Uxbridge
Uxbridge Water Dept.
5/1/2016

Walpole 
Walpole Water Dept. 
5/4/2016

Ware
Ware Water Dept.
5/20/2016

Wareham 
Onset Fire and Water District 
5/1/2016

Warren
Warren Fire District
6/6/2016

Wayland
Wayland Water Division
6/6/2016

Wellesley
Wellesley College
5/1/2016

Wenham
Wenham Water Dept.
5/1/2016

Westborough
Westborough Dept. of Public Works
5/31/2016

Westford
Westford Water Dept.
5/1/2016

West Boylston
West Boylston Water District
6/1/2016

West Newbury
West Newbury Water Dept.
5/1/2016

Wilmington
Wilmington Water Department
1/1/2016

Worcester 
Worcester DPW 
1/11/2016

Wrentham
Wrentham Water Division
1/1/2016

Voluntary Restrictions

Bourne
North Sagamore Water District
6/15/2016

Chatham
Chatham Water District
6/15/2016

Dedham
Dedham-Westwood Water District
6/1/2016

Hanson 
Hanson DPW 
3/8/2016

Kingston
Kingston Water Dept.
6/15/2016

Westwood
Dedham-Westwood Water District
6/1/2016

Downloadable list: Municipal Water Use Restrictions List  pdf format of Municipal Water Use Restrictions List
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