Non-essential water use restrictions for Massachusetts' communities. Updated August 12, 2015.

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About Water Use Restrictions

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.

Updates for August 12, 2015
Added: Devens, Natick, Northampton, Orange, Shelburne, Warren, West Newbury

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
xls format of                             PWS Contact List for Water Use Restrictions

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

Abington/Rockland
Abington/Rockland Water Works
5/1/2015

Acton
Water Supply District of Acton
5/1/2015

Ashburnham
Ashburnham Water Dept.
5/1/2015

Athol 
Athol Water Dept. 
5/23/2015

Auburn
Auburn Water District
5/1/2015

Avon 
Avon Water Dept. 
6/1/2015

Ayer 
Ayer Water Dept. 
5/1/2015

Barre 
Barre Water Dept. 
5/1/2015

Bellingham 
Bellingham Water Dept. 
5/1/2015

Billerica 
Billerica Water Works 
5/1/2015

Blackstone 
Blackstone Water Dept. 
5/1/2015

Byfield 
Byfield Water District 
5/16/2015

Canton 
Canton Water Dept. 
5/1/2015

Chelmsford 
Chelmsford Water District 
5/1/2015

Cohasset 
Aquarion Water Co. 
5/1/2015

Danvers 
Danvers Water Division 
5/1/2015

Dartmouth 
Dartmouth Water Division 
5/1/2015

Devens
MassDevelopment
7/27/2015

Dover 
Colonial Water Co. 
5/1/2015

Easton 
Easton Water Division 
5/1/2015

East Bridgewater
East Bridgewater DPW
6/1/2015

Fitchburg 
Fitchburg Water Dept. 
5/14/2015

Foxborough 
Foxborough Water and Sewer Comm. 
5/1/2015

Franklin 
Franklin Water Dept. 
5/18/2015

Gardner
Gardner Water Dept.
5/15/2015

Georgetown 
Georgetown Water Dept. 
5/15/2015

Grafton 
South Grafton Water District 
5/1/2015

Groton 
West Groton Water Supply District 
5/1/2015

Halifax
Halifax Water Dept.
5/1/2015

Hamilton 
Hamilton Water Dept. 
5/22/2015

Hanover 
Hanover Water Dept. 
5/26/2015

Hingham 
Aquarion Water Co. 
5/1/2015

Holden 
Holden DPW 
5/1/2015

Holliston 
Holliston Water Dept. 
5/1/2015

Hopedale
Hopedale Water Dept.
5/12/2015

Hudson 
Hudson Water Dept. 
5/1/2015

Hull 
Aquarion Water Co. 
5/1/2015

Lincoln 
Lincoln Water Dept. 
5/1/2015

Lunenburg 
Lunenburg Water District 
5/20/2015

Mansfield 
Mansfield Water Dept. 
5/29/2015

Marlborough 
Marlborough DPW Water Division 
5/25/2015

Marshfield 
Marshfield Water Dept. 
5/1/2015

Maynard
Maynard Dept. of Public Works
5/1/2015

Medfield 
Medfield Water Dept. 
5/28/2015

Medway 
Medway Water Dept. 
5/1/2015

Middleborough 
Middleborough Water Dept. 
5/1/2015

Middleton 
Middleton Water Dept. 
5/1/2015

Milford 
Milford Water Co. 
4/30/3015

Millbury 
Aquarion Water Co. 
5/1/2015

Millis 
Millis Water Dept. 
5/1/2015

Natick
Natick Water Division
7/29/2015

Needham 
Needham Water Dept. 
5/1/2015

Norfolk 
Norfolk Dept. of Public Works 
1/1/2015

North Attleborough 
North Attleborough Water Dept. 
5/1/2015

Northampton
Northampton Water Dept.
8/10/2015

Northbridge 
Whitinsville Water Co. 
5/1/2015

Norton 
Norton Water Department 
1/1/2015

Norwell
Norwell Water Dept.
5/27/2015

Orange
Orange Water Dept.
7/27/2015

Pepperell 
Pepperell Water Division 
5/1/2015

Plymouth
Plymouth DPW Water Division
6/8/2015

Plymouth 
Plymouth Water Company 
5/1/2015

Provincetown 
Provincetown Water Dept. 
6/1/2015

Raynham 
North Raynham Water District 
6/1/2015

Reading 
Reading Water Dept. 
1/1/2015

North Reading 
North Reading DPW 
5/29/2015

Rowley 
Rowley Water Department 
5/1/2015

Rutland 
Rutland Water Dept. 
5/12/2015

Salisbury 
Salisbury Water Dept. 
5/26/2015

Scituate
Scituate Water Dept.
5/25/2015

Seekonk 
Seekonk Water District 
5/1/2015

Sharon
Sharon Water Dept.
5/26/2015

Shelburne
Shelburne Falls Water District
7/27/2015

Shirley
Shirley Water District
5/1/2015

Shrewsbury 
Shrewsbury Water Dept. 
5/1/2015

Spencer 
Spencer Water Dept. 
5/1/2015

Sterling 
Sterling Water Dept. 
5/1/2015

Sturbridge
Sturbridge Water Dept.
5/18/2015

Sudbury 
Sudbury Water District 
5/14/2015

Swansea 
Swansea Water District 
5/11/2015

Taunton
Taunton Water Division
7/1/2015

Templeton 
Templeton Light and Water 
5/20/2015

Topsfield 
Topsfield Water Dept. 
5/26/2015

Upton 
Upton Water Dept. 
5/1/2015

Uxbridge 
Uxbridge Water Dept. 
5/1/2015

Walpole 
Walpole Water Dept. 
5/4/2015

Ware 
Ware Water Dept. 
5/1/2015

Warren
Warren Fire District
7/27/2015

Wayland 
Wayland Water Division 
6/1/2015

Webster 
Webster Water Dept. 
5/1/2015

Wellesley 
Wellesley College 
5/1/2015

Wenham 
Wenham Water Dept. 
5/1/2015

West Boylston 
West Boylston Water District 
6/1/2015

West Newbury
West Newbury Water Dept.
7/31/2015

Westborough 
Westborough Dept. of Public Works 
5/18/2015

Westford 
Westford Water Dept. 
5/27/2015

Wilkinsonville 
Wilkinsonville Water District 
5/1/2015

Winchendon 
Winchendon Water Dept. 
5/1/2015

Wrentham 
Wrentham Water Division 
1/1/2015

Voluntary Restrictions

Bourne
North Sagamore Water District
6/1/2015

Cotuit
Cotuit Water Dept.
6/26/2015

Falmouth
Falmouth Water Dept.
4/27/2015

Hanson
Hanson Water Dept.
6/16/2015

Kingston
Kingston Water Dept.
6/10/2015

Leicester
Leicester Water District
6/11/2015

North Chelmsford
North Chelmsford Water Dept.
5/1/2015

Wareham
Onset Fire and Water District
5/1/2015

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