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Posted on: April 5, 2021

Town Wide Outdoor Water Ban, starting May 1st

Emergency Water Ban til 2021-10-31

Public Notice

Suspension of Deduct Meter Sales

Water Ban Effective May 1, 2021

On April 01, 2021, the Pepperell Board of Public Works voted to suspend the sale of deduct meters through the end of 2021. Additionally, they also voted to implement a town wide outdoor water ban restricting the non-essential use of water beginning May 1, 2021. 

The water ban prohibits all outdoor watering by mechanical or automatic means. It includes all non-essential water use, including but not limited to, watering lawns, washing vehicles, power washing of homes, filling of pools, etc…, and may limit commercial establishments to limited hours. The use of sprinklers, irrigation systems or any other device that operates automatically is prohibited. This does not include the hand watering of small gardens by means of a handheld hose on an odd/even schedule. Violators of this ban may be fined and possibly risk losing water service if violations continue. 

We strongly recommend that residents with private wells also follow these guidelines to avoid depleting their wells.

These measures are due to several reasons including:

  • The well levels at all our sites being lower than normal for this time of year, 
  • Lower snowpack during the winter, and a relatively dry spring to date which directly impacts the lower than normal seasonal well levels
  • Limited use of the Nashua Road well site due to increasing levels of iron and manganese detected in the raw water. As the town has just completed the construction of a treatment facility at the Bemis well site to remove iron and manganese, we do not want to introduce these same constituents into the water distribution system via another site. The Nashua Road well is currently expected to be operated for emergency use only.

If we experience a significant increase in precipitation this spring and/or summer, the full ban may be lifted, but the annual odd-even restriction would remain in effect until October as usual.

Thank you for your understanding and cooperation during this time. For more information, please visit our website:  https://town.pepperell.ma.us/DocumentCenter/View/5445/OUTDOOR-WATERING-BAN-FAQ


Pepperell Board of Public Works

Ken Kalinowski, Director of Public Works

Joe Jordan, Water & Sewer Supt.

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