Hudson to enact mandatory water use restrictions May 1

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Hudson – In accordance with Section IV of the Town of Hudson Water Use Regulations, the Board of Selectmen voted at its April 9 meeting to enact mandatory water use restrictions effective May 1 until September 30. The following restrictions will be in place:

1. Mandatory conservation which allows only alternate day use for non-essential outdoor activities including lawn watering and car washing between the hours of 5 p.m. and 9 a.m. Odd-numbered houses will be permitted to water Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays, and even-numbered houses Wednesdays, Fridays, and Sundays.

2. Filling of new swimming pools and watering on Mondays prohibited. Violations of the Water Regulations are subject to enforcement fines of up to $100 per violation.

Additional notification and updates will be provided on the town of Hudson web site, local cable TV, and local newspapers and sign postings as necessary. Any questions regarding the restrictions can be addressed by contacting the Public Works Office at

978-562-9333 or through the comments and questions section of Hudson's web page.

According to the town's state-issued Management Act Permit:

Nonessential Outdoor Water Use: As stated in Special Condition 7, in Water Management Act permit, “nonessential outdoor water use” includes uses that are not required:

a. for health or safety reasons;

b. by regulation;

c. for the production of food and fiber;

d. for the maintenance of livestock; or

e. to meet the core functions of a business (for example, irrigation by golf courses as necessary to maintain tees, greens, and limited fairway watering, or irrigation by plant nurseries as necessary to maintain stock.

Examples of nonessential outdoor water uses include:

• irrigation of lawns via sprinklers or automatic irrigation systems;

• washing of vehicles other than by means of a commercial car wash, except as necessary for operator safety; and

• washing of exterior building surfaces, parking lots, driveways or sidewalks, except as necessary to apply paint, preservatives, stucco, pavement or cement.

 

Examples of acceptable outdoor water uses include:

• irrigation to establish a new lawn during the months of May and September;

• irrigation of lawns, gardens, flowers, and ornamental plants via hand held hoses only;

• irrigation of public parks and recreational fields before 9 am and after 5 pm.