NOTICE: Nonessential Outdoor Water Use Restrictions Are Effective May 1, 2023
Last Updated: April 27, 2023 - 9:35am
BLACKSTONE WATER DEPARTMENT
SEASONAL LIMITS ON NONESSENTIAL OUTDOOR WATER USE
As per the Blackstone Water Department’s Water Management Act, nonessential outdoor water use shall be limited through mandatory restrictions from May 1 through September 30. As of May 1, nonessential outdoor water use is restricted to an odd/even basis between the hours of 5:00 AM – 8:00 AM. Daytime watering is prohibited.
When the Secretary of Energy and Environmental Affairs declares a drought, the nonessential outdoor water use restrictions that DEP has included in our Registration Statement are as follows:
- Level 1 (mild drought): All nonessential outdoor water uses are restricted to no more than one day per week, except the watering of ornamentals and flower gardens with hand-held hose or watering cans may be permitted. Nonessential outdoor water use will be restricted to trash pick-up day between the hours of 5:00 AM – 8:00 AM.
- Level 2 (significant drought): All nonessential outdoor water uses are banned, except the watering of ornamentals and flower gardens with hand-held hose or watering cans may be permitted.
- Level 3 (critical drought) or Level 4 (drought emergency): All nonessential outdoor water use is banned.
Nonessential outdoor water uses that are subject to mandatory restrictions include but not limited to:
- Irrigation of lawns via sprinklers or automatic irrigation systems
- Washing of vehicles
- Washing of exterior building surfaces, parking lots, driveways or sidewalks
Water uses NOT subject to mandatory restrictions are those required:
- For the production of food
- For the maintenance of livestock
Additional recommendations to help reduce water use include checking for and repairing any water leaks in irrigation systems, faucets, shower heads, and toilets.