Sprinkler Use Prohibited After Water Supply Conservation Vote

rush-780859_1920The 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.

Brown Water Caused by High Demand

sink_tap_plumbing_water_runningThe discolored water that some residents experienced on Thursday evening was likely due to the town water plant trying to meet higher demand, said Hamilton DPW Director Tim Olson.

The higher demand means that the efficiency of the plant filter media decreases, which is what led to the voluntary water restrictions issued earlier this month, he said.