The Lynnfield Center Water District (LCWD), which at the beginning of May implemented routine seasonal water use restrictions, elevated those restrictions to Level 3 last week.
Level 3 water restrictions mean outdoor lawn and garden watering is only allowed from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m. on Tuesdays and Saturdays, and is prohibited at all other times. Residents are allowed to use hand-held hoses and watering cans throughout the rest of week if needed while this restriction is in place.
The restrictions will be in place until further notice and may remain in place through the rest of the summer.
The elevated restriction is due to a combination of factors, including consistently warm weather, above average daily water consumption and current outdoor watering trends in the community.
“With more people staying home due to the COVID-19 pandemic, residents are using water at the rate we usually only see on weekends,” said Superintendent Scenna. “This steady amount of people using water for showering, cooking and continuous outdoor watering is placing a strain on water supply, which these restrictions are designed to combat.”
The Lynnfield Center Water District maintains a year-round watering restriction schedule as mandated by the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection and the District’s water withdrawal limits. The restrictions also help ensure that the District can maintain proper water pressure in order to meet potential firefighting demands. More information about the restrictions is available online here.
Varying levels of restriction still allow for outdoor use, just at times when overall demand on the system is not as high.
Staff will continue to monitor daily water usage and Ipswich River water levels, and make changes to the restrictions if demand begins to approach a supply capacity. Should additional restrictions go into effect, notifications will be published on the LCWD website and signs will be posted in the community.
Customers with questions or concerns about the restrictions can call 781-334-3901 or email [email protected].