June 28, 2016 1:58 PM
Water Ban - Mandatory Restrictions
Mandatory Restrictions on Non-Essential Water Use
Town of Merrimac Director of Public Works, Robert Sinibaldi announced today that effective July 1st, 2016, all non-essential outdoor water uses are prohibited until further notice.
The mandatory restrictions are due to the system’s inability to keep up with the demand. Water is being used faster than it is being pumped. When this occurs, the town’s standpipes (water towers) are not able to maintain levels necessary for system pressures and fire protection. A description of non-essential water uses subject to mandatory restrictions as well as permitted uses is described below.
Residents and business owners with questions on these restrictions should contact the Department of Public Works at 978-346-0525 or the Water Department 978-346-8407.
Outdoor Water Use Restrictions, Permitted Uses and Uses Not Subject to Mandatory
Non-essential outdoor water uses that are subject to mandatory restrictions include:
• Washing of vehicles, except in a commercial car wash or as necessary for operator safety.
• Washing of exterior building surfaces, parking lots, driveways or sidewalks, except as necessary to apply surface treatments such as paint, preservatives, stucco, pavement or cement.
The following outdoor water uses are permitted during period of restrictions:
• Irrigation of lawns via sprinklers or automatic irrigation systems are based on a Restricted Odd/Even Program (depending on your house number) and only allowed before 9:00AM and after 5:00PM. If your home address is an even # you’ll be able to water on even # days; if your address is an odd # you’ll be able to water on odd # days.
• Irrigation to establish a new lawn and new plantings.
• Irrigation of public parks and recreational fields by means of automatic sprinklers before 9:00AM and after 5:00PM.
• Irrigation of lawns, gardens, flowers and ornamental plants by means of a handheld hose.
Outdoor water uses NOT subject to mandatory restrictions are those required:
• For health or safety reasons
• By regulation
• For the production of food and fiber
• For the maintenance of livestock
• To meet the core functions of a business (for example; irrigation by golf courses as necessary to maintain tees, greens, and limited fairway watering, or irrigation by plant nurseries as necessary to maintain stock.)
***Violators will be issued a written warning for the first offense. A second offense will be fined $50.00, and $100.00 for each subsequent offense.