NORTHAMPTON, Mass. (WGGB) – Officials in Northampton are issuing a ban on all non-essential outdoor water uses until the flow of the Mill River increases.
“It’s a state requirement we can’t do anything about it. It’s part of our water management permit and we have to abide by it,” said Ned Huntley, Northampont DPW Director.
Officials with the Northampton Water Department say that if the flow of the Mill River falls below 26.3 cubic feet a second for three straight days, the Mass. Department of Environmental Protection requires they issue the ban.
The ban, which is in effect from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. each day, applies to such uses as watering a lawn with a sprinkler, and washing a car, exterior building surfaces, parking lots, and sidewalks.
The production of food, according to Northampton DPW, is exempt from these restrictions.
The ban will remain in place until the river’s flow reaches 26.3 cubic feet a second for seven consecutive days.
“It could be that we get up 7 days, if we have to make the decisions whether or not we believe we are gonna be instituing another ban in a week and a half, which is hard to do in an on and off ban,” said Huntley.
Residents are concerned the ban will hurt their yards.
“It’s a pain you know coming in and doing stuff that most people do in other towns,” said David Sadlowski, Northamtpon.
Any person found in violation is subject to a fine of $100 for the first offense, and $200 for the second and subsequent offenses.
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