Northampton orders ban on most outdoor water use


A water use restriction has been implemented in Northampton, banning most outdoor water use from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

It's the third time in Northampton since May.

"Limiting water use, especially non-essential outdoor water use, is needed to ensure a sustainable water supply and to protect stream flow for aquatic life," said Edward Huntley, Director of the Northampton D.P.W.

Between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., the following will be banned:

• Irrigation of lawns except by means of handheld hose

• Washing of vehicles, other than by commercial car wash

• Washing of exterior building surfaces, parking lots, driveways or sidewalks

"It wont affect us much. We don't really water our lawn. We've had enough water to have a reasonably good lawn. We probably won't run the sprinklers for the kids knowing that," said Chris Amato.

Huntley says the ban is in place because the Mill River has dropped below a certain quantity of flow.

"The climate is so warm that people do want to keep cool and keep their vegetation's and things watered. So, yeah, it does effect quite a lot of people I can see," said Josh Armstrong.

If violated, residents who use the city's water supply can face a fee. $100 for the first violation, $200 for the second violation, and so on.

As soon as the water restriction is lifted, Western Mass News will let you know.

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