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Water Restrictions Issued In Northampton

NORTHAMPTON, Mass. (WGGB) — The hot and dry conditions are leading to water restrictions in one local city. Northampton residents got the news today. The water restrictions are required by the state when levels in the Mill River dip below a certain level for three straight days. The Mill River is a tributary of three reservoirs that serve Northmapton. The goal is to preserve water and thereby preserve the creatures that call the water home.

For the Charrette family of Northampton, tending to a growing garden just got a little harder with the city’s water restrictions.

“I was just finishing up watering our vegetable garden and some grass seed along the house and you caught me,” Sara Charrette said.

The ban only allows automatic irrgation systems to run one day a week. It’s the same policy for washing your car or building. If you are using a watering hose like Sara, you can water any day of the week except during the hours of 9am-5pm. Still, some still have concerns.

“We just re-seeded a couple big spots on the front of our yard and it was a lot work laying down the loam and the seed,” Sara said. “Out here everyday and weeding. It is a lot of work.”

“I also don’t like it because also we’re not going to get good vegetables out of our garden,” Sara’s son Kalle Charrette said.

Seven year old Christian George has some concerns himself.

“Whose going to water the plants? How are we going to get cooled off?”Georges questioned. “There are a bunch of questions we don’t know about how we are going to solve.”

Lucky for him, his mother Natalie plans to trade the sprinklers for public pools so he can cool off.

“Yeah it is difficult espicially when you have young children,” Natalie Georges said. “It makes for sort of a different situation having to find community resources to keep them cool, espicially when it is really hot.”

Most folks we spoke with say while an inconvenience they plan to follow the ban so they can do their part to help the environment.

“We are a community and we have to think about each other and to think about the longevity of it that we have to,” Natalie Georges said.
“That is sharing,” Christian Georges agreed.

Violators can faces of up to $100 for a first offense and $200 for each offense after that.

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