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Posted on: June 9, 2021

Water Conservation Restrictions Now Mandatory

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Media Contacts: Tom Temple, Public Works Director - 508-945-5150

On May 18, 2021 the Chatham Select Board acting as Water and Sewer Commissioners voted to declare under the State of Water Supply Conservation, enacted on March 23, 2021 and in place from April 1, 2021 to October 1, 2021, the following water conservation measures be made mandatory:

  • Outdoor watering at odd-numbered addresses restricted to odd-numbered calendar days. Outdoor watering at even-numbered addresses restricted to even-numbered calendar days. • Outdoor watering limited to 1” (one inch) or less per watering event. 
  • Outdoor watering limited to the period 6 PM to 12 AM (midnight), except for in-ground irrigation systems which are limited to 12 midnight to 6AM. 
  • No washing of sidewalks or driveways. 

Violations of these mandatory measures are: 

  • First offense – Warning 
  • Second offense - $100 fine 
  • Third offense - $200 fine 

Chatham joins the towns of Brewster Dennis, Harwich and Orleans in taking this important step to conserve the region’s aquifer and ensure each Town’s water supply meets the needs of increased summer population and in response to low groundwater levels. Abiding by the mandatory restrictions and installing low-flow showerheads, low-flow hose nozzles and timers for outdoor watering and using toilet leak detector tablets are all ways you Town of Chatham Office of the Selectmen Town Manager 549 Main Street Chatham, MA 02633 Jill R. Goldsmith TOWN MANAGER NEWS RELEASE Tel: (508) 945-5105 Fax: (508) 945-3550 can help protect the Town’s drinking water supply. These items are available free of charge from the Department of Public Works, 221 Crowell Road. Chatham adopted new stepped usage water rates in 2019 to financially incentivize high volume users to take additional conservation measures. Tips all property owners can take to reduce their water usage.

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