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April 11, 2022 10:00 AM

Outdoor Water Restrictions Beginning May 1, 2022

Due to requirements listed in the Water Management Act Permit issued in May 2021 by MassDEP for water withdrawals in the Taunton River Basin, Attleboro Water Department has been directed to institute seasonal restrictions from May to September each year going forward.

Beginning May 1, 2022 and continuing through September 30, 2022, all non-essential outdoor water use is prohibited between the hours of 9AM-5PM seven days per week. Water uses considered non-essential include:

- irrigation of lawns via sprinklers or automatic irrigation systems;
- filling swimming pools;
- washing of vehicles, except in a commercial car wash or as necessary for operator safety;
- washing 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 that are considered essential or will still be allowed between the hours listed above include:

- irrigation of gardens, flowers and ornamental plants by means of a hand-held hose or drip irrigation systems;
- irrigation of lawns by means of a hand-held hose
- 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 golf courses as necessary to maintain tees, greens, and limited fairway watering, or irrigation by plant nurseries as necessary to maintain stock).

Violators will be fined according to City Ordinance 16-12.24.

Should weather and reservoirs dictate more stringent restrictions on water use, other notifications will follow.

For questions regarding these restrictions, please contact the Water Department at 774-203-1850 or water1@cityofattleboro.us.

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