May 13 2019

Full Outdoor Watering Ban Lifted Effective Immediately

By: Rich Hosford

Burlington residents can now begin watering their lawns right in time for the summer months, though with the amount of rain we’ve been getting maybe they won’t have to.


On Monday night the Board of Selectmen voted 5-0-0 to lift the Full Outdoor Watering Ban that had been in effect since December of last year after the town declared a water emergency to handle issues with maintenance and repairs on the town’s water systems.

During the work the town needed to connect to the MWRA through Lexington. The Department of Environment Protection says that to declare an emergency the town must also impose a full outdoor watering ban.


The repair work was completed but the ban was not immediately lifted to give the Burlington Department of Public Works (DPW) time to perform clean-up work at the Mill Pond Reservoir, which cuts the total output the town can produce. That work has now been completed and DPW Director John Sanchez recommended to the board they lift the full ban.


The year-round watering restrictions for irrigation systems, however, are still in place, Sanchez said. This means there is no watering from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and that residents and businesses can only 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.


Sanchez said there are some possible waivers available for people putting in new lawns. To ask for a waiver contact the DPW.


Finally, there are fines for breaking the water restrictions. On the first violation a person will be issued a warning, on the second a fine of $50 will be imposed and a fine of $100 will be imposed for each subsequent violation.


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