September 23 2020

Burlington DPW Releases Additional Details of Upcoming Watering Ban


The Burlington Department of Public Works has released additional details about the upcoming outdoor watering ban slated to begin on September 30. 

“As voted by the Board of Selectmen, the mandatory outdoor watering restriction is now a full outdoor water ban that will last through March 31, 2021 to allow for maintenance and repairs at the Mill Pond Treatment Plant,” the department said in a release. 

According to the DPW, through the enforcement of the outdoor watering restrictions, the town has been able to maintain an average water demand for this past summer of below 3.5 million gallons per day (MGD).  Nonetheless, they say the Vine Brook treatment facility is not sufficient to supply the distribution system while the Mill Pond Treatment Plant is off-line for required maintenance, repairs, and upgrades. As such, a connection with Lexington is needed in order to complete cleaning and upgrades of the sedimentation basin at Mill Pond, something that the MWRA requires a full watering ban to be in place to complete. 

This also applies to those who utilize private wells.

Outdoor Watering Restrictions consists of:

- Irrigation of lawns via sprinkler or automatic irrigation systems

- Washing of exterior building surfaces, parking lots, driveways or sidewalks, except as necessary to apply surface treatments such as paint, preservatives, stucco, pavement, or cement

The following uses may be allowed during the water ban:

- Irrigation of public parks and recreational fields by means of automated sprinklers

- Irrigation of gardens, flowers, and ornamental plantings by means of a hand-held hose only

- Car washing

- Filling of pools

- To meet core functions of a business or commercial activity


According to the Town Bylaws Section 5.4 the town, through its Board of Selectmen, may declare a State of Water Conservation. section 5.9 states the Penalties for violating the Water Restriction are:

- Any person violating shall be issued a warning for the first violation, shall be liable to the town in the amount of $50 for the second violation, and $100 for each subsequent violation thereafter

- These fines are non-criminal disposition


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