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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).

Watering lawns still banned

Maurice Goulet, Director of the DPW addressed the status of the drought and the watering ban issues at the Select Board meeting last night.

My key take always were:

  1. despite recent rains and an easing of the drought tiers, the town still has an outdoor watering ban in effect, so that only hand held outdoor watering is currently permitted.
  2. Moe said that the town will re-examine that status in the near term (week to two weeks), to see if lawn irrigation can be permitted so as to allow residents to plant and establish new grass this fall before it becomes too late to do so.

For those like me searching for a lawn solution beyond my current tall fescue, I recently came across this interesting drought tolerant and very expensive grass, sold at Whole Foods Market.

I just bought a lot of white clover seed, to reinstall the clover in my lawn, which my recent reading tells me I killed off by fertilizing the grass. But clover needs watering too.

Tier 5 now – hand held hose use now prohibited

Water Conservation Restrictions

Current Water Conservation Status: Tier 5 – All nonessential outdoor water use (including watering with a handheld hose) is prohibited, due to the current drought status in our region. All residents and businesses are encouraged to reduce their water use. 

Medfield is now subject to a Tier 5 water use restriction due to the ongoing drought in our area. The state has declared a Level 3 – Critical Drought for the Southeast Region, which Medfield is a part of, and requires a Tier 5 water restriction. All nonessential outdoor water use is prohibited. 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. 

The following uses may be allowed when mandatory restrictions are in place: 

  • Irrigation to establish a new lawn and new plantings during the months of May and September;
  • Irrigation of public parks and recreational fields by means of automatic sprinklers outside the hours of 9am to 5pm; 
  • Irrigation of lawns, gardens, flowers and ornamental plants by means of a hand-held hose, except during a Tier 5 restriction.

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).

Drought

Because of the pump repair on our well 6, the Town of Medfield is already in a tier 4 drought emergency, which means no outdoor watering is allowed.

This today from DEP. The drought for our region is catching up with us slowly –

In Level 2-Significant Drought Areas
In Level 1-Mild Drought Areas
Residents & Businesses:
Residents & Businesses:
• Focus water conservation indoors; fix Leaks
• Reduce any outdoor watering to one-day/week
• Minimize water use
• Limit outdoor watering to hand-held 5:00 pm-9:00 am
• Conserve water indoors
• Fix Leaks
Cities & Towns:
Cities & Towns:
• Limit outdoor watering to at least hand-held only b/w 5:00 pm-9:00 am
• Limit new landscapes and outdoor washing
• Implement drought or seasonal water rates
• Establish water use reduction targets
• Establish a leak detection program
• Limit any outdoor watering to no more than once a week and b/w 5:00 pm-9:00 am
• Limit new landscapes and outdoor washing
• Implement drought or seasonal water rates
• Check emergency connections
• Develop local drought plan
MASSACHUSETTS DROUGHT ALERT
DROUGHT STATUS
The Massachusetts Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs has declared a Level 2—Significant Drought in the Northeast and Southeast Regions, and a Level 1 – Mild Drought in the Connecticut River Valley, Central, and Islands Regions.
CURRENT CONDITIONS
Due to over three months of below normal rainfall, the Commonwealth has once again started to experience drought conditions. The last drought was from January-August 2021. As drought conditions continue to worsen and we are in the growing season, it is important for residents and businesses to be mindful of their water use and conserve water both outdoors and indoors, fix leaks, and for communities to prepare for long-term resiliency to droughts.
WHAT YOU SHOULD DO
Be mindful of your water use to ensure essential needs, such as drinking water and fire protection, are being met, and habitats have enough water to support their natural functions.
Learn more at www.mass.gov/ma-drought-management
Secretary of Energy and Environmental Affairs: Bethany A. Card
Acting Director of MEMA: Dawn Brantley
LEVEL 1 Mild Drought
LEVEL 2 Significant Drought
LEVEL 3 Critical Drought
LEVEL 4 Emergency Drought
June, 2022

Well #6 repair causes water use restrictions – nonessential outdoor water use prohibited

Water Conservation Restrictions

Current Water Conservation Status: Tier 4 – All nonessential outdoor water use is prohibited, effective May 5, 2022

Due to an emergency equipment repair at Well #6, we have had to take the well offline. As a result, the Department of Public Works has declared an immediate Tier 4 water restriction: nonessential outdoor water use, except by handheld hose, is prohibited. 

We anticipate completing the repairs within 2 to 4 weeks and will continue to provide updates. 
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 

The Town has five active water wells: 
Wells 1 and 2, located along the Charles River off Route 109
Wells 3 and 4, located off Elm Street, behind the Wheelock School. The Town is currently building a new water treatment plant to treat manganese at Wells 3 and 4. The project also includes establishing a new Well 3A to replace the existing Well 3 which is failing. 
Well 6, located off Route 27 near the Sherborn Town Line. Well 6 is the Town’s highest producing well

In 2021, Well 6 pumped approximately 53% of the Town’s total water supply. In 2020, it pumped approximately 55% of the total. 

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. 
The following uses may be allowed when mandatory restrictions are in place: 
Irrigation to establish a new lawn and new plantings during the months of May and September;
Irrigation of public parks and recreational fields by means of automatic sprinklers outside the hours of 9am to 5pm; 
Irrigation of lawns, gardens, flowers and ornamental plants by means of a hand-held hose. 

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).

Refilling of water tower may cause your water to be discolored

December 05, 2020

Mt. Nebo Water Tower Maintenance Project Complete

The project on the Mt. Nebo Water Tower is complete and the tank is being refilled. This process may disturb some debris, resulting in discolored water in homes…… Read on

Smoke testing coming

TOWN OF MEDFIELD
Public Works Department
I/I Field Investigations Town of Medfield Public Works Department
Smoke Testing Notification 1 of 1 November 2020
SEWER SYSTEM EVALUATIONS IN YOUR AREA
SMOKE TESTING – NOVEMBER 2020
WHAT: Non-toxic and non-staining smoke will be introduced into the sanitary
sewer system to detect connections to the storm water drainage system. Work will
follow the State and Local COVID-19 Guidelines.
WHERE: Smoke testing will be conducted on your street and surrounding area.
No entry into your residence will be required.
WHEN: Field crews will be on your street within the next week to perform this
test. The hours for testing are between 8:00 AM and 3:00 PM, beginning Tuesday,
November 10 through Friday, November 20. Note: Tests will only occur in dry
weather and could be delayed for 24 to 72 hours due to rain.
WHY: This project is part of the Town’s long-term efforts to identify connections
between the sanitary sewer system and storm water drainage. These connections
can add unnecessary flow to the sanitary sewer system resulting in additional
treatment costs and water pollution.
WHO: EST Associates, Inc. (Contractor) and Woodard & Curran (W&C)
(Engineer) will be walking around your area with company vehicles and yellow
safety vests. A Medfield Police detail will be on site as well.
Impact on Area: There is no anticipation of disruption to your sewer service
during these tests. Smoke may billow out of area drains, catch basins, roof leaders,
and house plumbing stacks. Residents are encouraged to fill any unused plumbing
traps (for example, a basement toilet/sink not used frequently) with water.
In case of emergency or an actual fire, please contact 911.
Contacts: If you have any special needs, deliveries, concerns, or questions, contact:
EST Associates at 781-455-0003
Kellie Messer of Woodard & Curran at 978-494-6807
Check the Department of Public Works website or the Town of Medfield Facebook page for additional
information.

Watering lawns now prohibited

An alert from the Town of Medfield DPW –

Water Restriction Update – No Outdoor Water Use

** Updated October 14, 2020 **

All nonessential outdoor water use prohibited

Following the state’s declaration of a Level 3 drought for the Charles River watershed, the Town of Medfield is now subject to a mandatory prohibition on all nonessential water use. This restriction goes into effect immediately and remains in effect until further notice. This state-mandated restriction prohibits all nonessential outdoor water use. The state’s announcement of the new restrictions can be found at this link. 

In addition, since Monday, September 28, 2020, the Town has been working on a long-planned maintenance project on the Mt. Nebo Water Tower that will take approximately two months to complete. The Mt. Nebo Water Tower has been drained and taken temporarily offline. The Town’s contractor is making repairs to and painting the outside of the water tower as well as making repairs to the interior of the tank. This project will extend the life of the water tower. The Town currently has only one water tower in operation (the Medfield State Hospital Water Tower). 

The Medfield Board of Water and Sewage and the Medfield Water Department will continue to monitor the weather, water demand, and the Town’s infrastructure throughout the Mt. Nebo project.

Thank you to all residents for your continued diligence in helping to conserve our water resources. 

A Tier 5 water restriction prohibits nonessential outdoor water use. 

Examples of nonessential outdoor water use that are now prohibited include:

  • Irrigation of lawns, gardens, flowers, and ornamental plants via handheld hoses.
  • Uses that are not required for health or safety reasons
  • Irrigation of lawns via sprinklers or automatic irrigation systems
  • Washing of vehicles other than by means of a commercial car wash, except as necessary for operator safety
  • Washing of exterior building surfaces, parking lots, driveways or sidewalks, except as necessary to apply paint, preservatives, stucco, pavement or cement

This water restriction was put into place due to the state’s Level 3 drought declaration for the Charles River watershed.  

The Town’s Water Rules and Regulations include additional information on water restrictions and can be found at this link. MassDEP maintains a list of all communities with water restrictions in place. 

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).

Thank you for adhering to this new water restriction and working together to reduce our water consumption.

Questions about the water restriction can be directed to Director of Public Works Maurice Goulet at 508-906-3004 or mgoulet@medfield.net

Weekend work on Mt Nebo water tower

Public Works

Posted on: October 2, 2020

Mt. Nebo Work Saturday, 10/3, and Sunday, 10/4

The Town’s contractor, Inspec Coatings, will be working on the Mt. Nebo Water Tower on Saturday, October 3, 2020 and Sunday, October 4, 2020. Since the Mt. Nebo Water Tower will be offline for the duration of the project, the Town has accepted Inspec Coatings request to work on Saturday and Sunday. The sooner the project is complete, the sooner the Mt. Nebo Water Tower can be returned to service.

Watering now hand held only

Public Works

Posted on: August 16, 2020

Water Restriction Elevated to Tier 4

Nonessential water use prohibited

On Friday, August 14, 2020, following a drought declaration declared by the Commonwealth, the Board of Water and Sewer has announced that Medfield is now subject to a Tier 4 Water Restriction. This restriction goes into effect immediately and will remain in effect until further notice.

A Tier 4 water restriction prohibits nonessential water use. 

Examples of nonessential outdoor water use that are now prohibited:

  • Uses that are not required for health or safety reasons
  • Irrigation of lawns via sprinklers or automatic irrigation systems
  • Washing of vehicles other than by means of a commercial car wash, except as necessary for operator safety
  • Washing of exterior building surfaces, parking lots, driveways or sidewalks, except as necessary to apply paint, preservatives, stucco, pavement or cement

Example of acceptable outdoor water use that is not affected:

  • Irrigation of lawns, gardens, flowers, and ornamental plants via handheld hoses only

Please note that allowed use is not permitted between the hours of 9 am and 5 pm when evaporation and evapotranspiration are highest. 

This water restriction was put into place due to the drought declaration which triggered Restrictions based on Water Management Act Permit. In addition, daily water usage has continued to increase, despite the Tier 3 water restriction that limited water use to every other day. The Town’s water pumps are running significantly more hours per day than is typical, increasing the risk of mechanical issues. In addition, water levels in the Town’s storage tanks have declined. 

The Town’s Water Rules and Regulations include additional information on water restrictions and can be found at this link. MassDEP maintains a list of all communities with water restrictions in place. 

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).

Thank you for adhering to this new water restriction and working together to reduce our water consumption.

Questions about the water restriction can be directed to Director of Public Works Maurice Goulet at 508-906-3002 or mgoulet@medfield.net