Current Water Conditions-Voluntary Restrictions Only Dedham Suggested Days are Monday&Thursday, Westwood is Tuesday&Friday

From spring to fall, use this page as your resource for water restriction updates.

As of May 2017 , the drought has officially ended. We always ask that customers conserve water wherever possible. We offer our customers rebates for low flow WaterSense labelled toilets and certain washing machines with an EPA labelled water factor of 4.0 or less. This can make conserving water indoors easier. Low flow showerheads, faucet aerators, dye tablets for toilet leak detection and irrigation system rain sensors are always available at no cost at our office. Questions should be directed to our Customer Service Office at 781-329-7090. Also try our new conservation tool-dropcountr. It’s an online app for your phone or computer. See Dropcountr page for sign up link. You’ll need your bill for the account number for the sign up!

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STAGE I-A Voluntary Odd / Even Outside Water Use Policy:

The public is requested to refrain voluntarily from watering lawns and to conserve water in all other practicable ways. Dedham Residents are encouraged to limit outdoor water use to Mondays and Thursdays and Westwood Residents are asked to do likewise on Tuesday and Fridays. Due publicity will be given to the need for water conservation and suggested methods of conservation will be published.

 

STAGE I-B: Mandatory Odd / Even Outside Water Use Policy:

The public is required to restrict lawn watering to every other day based on address and calendar date.  The District Water Commissioners may invoke monetary or other penalties for customers who violate any mandatory restriction order. The penalties for violating all stages of mandatory restrictions are as follows:

  • First Violation: Warning
  • Second Violation: $100.00 fine
  • Third & Additional Violations: $250.00 and discontinuance of water service. A reactivation fee of $250.00 will be charged before water service is restored.

STAGE I-C:  Mandatory Restrictions on Lawn Watering by Town to Two Days per Week between the hours of 6 a.m. to 9 a.m. and 6 p.m. and 9 p.m.

Allowed Days               Town

Mondays, Thursdays   –  Dedham

Tuesdays, Fridays      –  Westwood

No lawn watering is allowed on Wednesdays, Saturdays, and Sundays.  Hand held hoses may be used for flower and vegetable gardens without hour and day restrictions.

 

STAGE 1-D:  Mandatory Restrictions on Lawn Watering to One Day per Week between the hours of 6 a.m. to 9 a.m. and 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

The public is required to restrict lawn watering as noted above and requested to conserve water in all other practicable ways.  Hand held hoses may be used for watering flower and vegetable gardens and shrubbery without day or hour restrictions.  Pools under 10,000 gallons may be filled until Memorial Day only.

Allowed Day                          Town                

 

Tuesday                           Westwood            

 Thursday                           Dedham                

 

Lawn watering is not permitted on Mondays, Wednesdays,  Fridays, Saturdays, or Sundays.

 

STAGE II-A:

The purpose of Stage II-A is to reduce water consumption with minimum hardship or economic loss to individuals and business concerns. Use of the affected public water supply for any of the following purposes is prohibited:

  1. Watering of shrubbery, trees, lawns, grass, plants or other vegetation except from a watering can or other container not exceeding three gallon capacity, excluding plant nurseries, golf course greens and commercial agricultural activities.
  2. Washing of vehicles or other mobile equipment, except in vehicle wash facilities operating with water re-cycling system approved by the District with a prominently displayed sign in public view so stating, or except from a bucket or other container not exceeding three gallon capacity.
  3. The washing of streets, driveways, parking lots, service station aprons, the exterior of commercial or residential buildings, or any other outdoor surface, except from a bucket or other container not exceeding three gallon capacity, unless such washing is required to eliminate a hazard.
  4. Operation of any ornamental fountain or other structure making similar use of water.
  5. Filling (from an empty or less than three quarters full condition) of swimming and/or wading pools, except for home wading pools requiring not more than five gallons of water.
  6. Service of drinking water in restaurants, except on request.

 

STAGE II-B:

In addition to those measures included in Stage II-A, use of affected public water supply for any of the following purposes is prohibited:

  1. Adding water to any kind of outdoor swimming and/or wading pools, or to fountains, reflecting ponds or other ornamental structures.
  2. Any other use of water supply for outdoor recreation.
  3. Air conditioning, where interior temperature is less than 78 degrees Fahrenheit.

 

STAGE II-C:

In addition to those measures included in Stages II-A and B, the use of affected public water supply for any of the following purposes is prohibited:

  1. Adding water to indoor swimming pools.
  2. School athletic programs and other indoor athletic/recreation activities, including health spas.
  3. Use of water from fire hydrants other than for health and safety purposes.
  4. Use of water for construction purposes, including hydro-seeding, dust control and filling or flushing water mains for new development.
  5. Commercial vehicle and automotive equipment washing.
  6. Watering of golf course greens.

 

STAGE II-D:

In addition to those measures included in Stages II-A, B and C, use of affected public water supply for any of the following purposes is prohibited:

  1. Make-up water for air conditioners.
  2. Watering of plants by commercial nurseries and agricultural water users.
  3. Use of automatic ice making machines in hotels and motels.
  4. Production of bottling of beverages.
  5. Operation of any commercial or industrial facility which is ordered closed by the local jurisdiction.

 

STAGE III:

In addition to those measures included in Stage II, the use of water for any purpose not essential to life, health and safety is prohibited. Specific guidelines for water use will be promulgated before invoking Stage III restriction.
If you have further questions or concerns, do not hesitate to contact us.

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