DPW alert on water restrictions

Water restriction explanation issued today by the DPW – “All non-essential outdoor water use (except watering with a handheld hose) is prohibited

Water Conservation Restrictions

Current Water Conservation Status (updated Sept 8, 2022): The Town of Medfield is in a Level 2 – SIGNIFICANT DROUGHT status. 

The Massachusetts Drought Management Task Force meets periodically to re-evaluate the conditions of the State’s water supply. We remind all residents that the Town of Medfield is in a Tier 4 water restriction until the drought status improves. All non-essential outdoor water use (except watering with a handheld hose) is prohibited at this time (this includes irrigation of new and existing lawns, car washing, house power washing etc.) We thank each and every one of our Medfield residents for their diligence in following the current water restrictions. 

More information about the state’s drought declaration is available here: https://www.mass.gov/info-details/drought-status  

Thank you for your cooperation and understanding. If you have any questions, please contact the Water Department at 508-906-3004 or by email to mgoulet@medfield.net 

Information about Water Restrictions:

When elevated restrictions are in place, nonessential outdoor water uses that are subject to mandatory restrictions include: 

  • Irrigation of lawns via sprinklers or automatic irrigation systems; 
  • 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. 

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 plant nurseries as necessary to maintain stock).

5 responses to “DPW alert on water restrictions

  1. Jeanette Ruyle

    Pete, I greatly appreciate notices like this about the water restrictions. How are these enforced?


  2. Select Board member Osler "Pete" Peterson

    Maurice Goulet said at the Select Board meeting that the DPW has been issuing citations and collecting fines.


  3. Jeanette Ruyle

    That’s good to hear about citations. How does an ordinary citizen go about reporting a scofflaw? Notify the DPW?


  4. Select Board member Osler "Pete" Peterson

    Since it is the DPW that is issuing citations, I expect they would take reports of violations. I suggested to Moe that a reporting system be set up and publicized so that residents could submit a photo containing time and date information of violations to the DPW.