August 13 2018

Burlington Watering Ban Lifted

By: Rich Hosford

The Burlington Board of Selectmen voted unanimously on a decision that should bring some relief to residents tired of seeing their lawns turn brown.


The board voted 5-0-0 on Monday to lift the watering ban that has been in effect since July 5.


Department of Public Works Director John Sanchez said repairs of a filter at the Vine Brook Treatment Plant, which had initiated the ban to begin with, had been completed. He stressed that repairing these filters is a detailed and involved process requiring custom-made parts. He also said that once the repairs are made the filters must be refilled with sand, thoroughly cleaned and disinfected and then tested. This process, he said, was what has kept the ban in place for as long as it has.


Now, however, thanks to the repairs being completed and some helpful rain, the town has been given the go-ahead to remove the ban from the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Affairs and go back to standing even/odd watering restrictions that were put in place last year.


Under the watering restriction still in place residents and businesses can water every other day. Watering will be on even/odd days based on the property’s address, meaning that if you have an even number for an address you can water on even days of the month and visa-versa for odd addresses. Everyone can water on the 31st of the month


Watering is also restricted between the hours of 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sanchez said studies have shown that during the time when the sun is out most water evaporates before it can seep into the ground.

During the meeting Sanchez said he would like to thank his team for the long hours they put in during the watering ban. He said a lot of work was required both on the repairs but also in monitoring the town’s water usage and ensuring everything else kept on working. One water manager, he said, had to respond to an issue at 10:30 p.m. with his six-year-old son in tow.

Sanchez and Town Administrator John Sanchez also thanked all the residents and businesses who complied with the watering ban from the beginning. Sanchez said that water demand dropped to 2.5 million gallons per day, down from a high of 4.7 million gallons per day before the ban went into effect.

Finally, as reported on BNEWS, the DPW originally planned to keep the ban in effect for at least a few days after the filter repairs to take care of sediment build-up in the sanitation basin at the Mill Pond Reservoir. However, Sanchez said his department was able to take advantage of a couple of rainy days a couple of weeks ago to get that completed ahead of schedule.


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