The Hamilton Board of Selectmen have declared the town in a state of water supply conservation, meaning that outdoor sprinkler use is prohibited.
The decision came in a vote at the Board of Selectmen meeting this week. Hand watering will still be allowed.
A complete copy of the decision is below:
Pursuant to Chapter XXV, Section 5 of the Town of Hamilton By-Laws, the Hamilton Board of Selectmen has determined that there exists or impends a shortage of water, and that conservation measures are appropriate to ensure that an adequate supply of water is available to all users, including firefighting operations and that water withdrawal volumes remain within permitted and registration limits; and that any conditions set forth in the town’s water withdrawal permit are satisfied. As a result, the board hereby declares a State of Water Supply Conservation. The following restrictions, conditions, or requirements are hereby imposed on all users of the town water system and to users of private water sources that draw from the same water sources and will remain in effect until termination of the State of Water Supply Conservation by vote of the Board:
H. Outdoor Sprinkler Use: The use of lawn and garden sprinklers of all types, including the use of drip irrigation hoses or other devices that use subsurface application is prohibited. Hand watering is permitted.
Voluntary water restrictions are in place in Hamilton as the Hamilton Department of Public Works encourages public participation to help conserve water.
There continues to be filtration issues at the Hamilton water treatment plant with the increasing demand, according to Hamilton DPW Director Tim Olson. That has led to the implementation of voluntary water restrictions to help conserve water.
The possible need for mandatory water restrictions is scheduled to be discussed at the next Board of Selectmen meeting on Monday, June 19 at 7 p.m. in the Memorial room at Hamilton Town Hall.
In addition to the voluntary water restriction, mechanical lawn watering is not allowed between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. through Sept. 30, as is the case every year, according to the Hamilton Outdoor Water Use By-Law.
The mandatory water ban in Hamilton – which has been in place since June – has expired, as of Nov. 1.
There are now no further restrictions on the time or type of watering that is allowed, but water conservation continues to be encouraged, said Town Manager Michael Lombardo.
Town officials are asking Hamilton residents to conserve water as much as possible on Sunday, Sept. 25 while the town reservoir is refilled after a water main break.
The water main has been repaired but Hamilton residents are asked not to run their water while the system is refilled and repressurized on Sunday.