GLOUCESTER – Mayor Greg Verga and the City of Gloucester announce updated water conservation and restriction measures due to drought conditions.
Massachusetts Energy and Environmental Affairs Secretary Beth Card declared a Level 3 – Critical Drought in the Northeast Region of Massachusetts, which includes Gloucester. In addition to the challenges posted by the drought, a July 29 water main break on Western Avenue and a brush fire on Poles Hill have exacerbated the challenges faced.
As a result, the City of Gloucester will begin water conservation measures starting today, August 2nd and continuing for the entire month of August.
These restrictions are in accordance with MassDEP guidance and regulations for a Level 3 Drought.
Gloucester’s water restrictions include:
- Outdoor watering is limited to handheld watering with a hose or a watering can after 5 p.m. or before 9 a.m.
- Lawn irrigation systems and sprinklers are prohibited.
- Filling swimming pools is prohibited.
- Washing of vehicles, boats, buildings, driveways, and sidewalks is prohibited.
These restrictions are in accordance with MassDEP guidance and regulations for a Level 3 Drought. The “odd-even” protocol previously announced is no longer in place. All residents should adhere to the above restrictions.
Residents on private wells are also encouraged to practice water conservation measures.
Staff will continue to monitor water levels as summer weather conditions and depletion of reservoir supplies may require more stringent water restrictions in upcoming weeks. Failure to adhere to the restrictions can lead to the imposition of fines.
The City of Gloucester would like to thank residents for their cooperation and support of the City’s water conservation efforts.
“We ask residents and businesses to cooperate with these restrictions. By working together as a community we can minimize the chance of further disruptions and restrictions this summer,” said Mayor Greg Verga.