July 27 2020

Outdoor Watering Limited to One Day Per Week Based on Street Address

By: Rich Hosford

Burlington is once again furthering restrictions on outdoor watering of lawns by cutting the use of sprinklers down to one day per week. 


As of Thursday, July 23 all “non essential water use” is limited to Tuesdays between 7 and 10 p.m. for even street address numbers and Saturdays between 7 and 10 p.m. for odd street address numbers. At all other times the irrigation of lawns via sprinklers or automatic irrigations systems is prohibited. 


Some outdoor water use is permitted on any day at any time. These include watering gardens, flowers and ornamental planting by a hand-held hose. Car washing and filling pools is also allowed, as is water use to meet the core functions of business or commercial activity. Also, applying necessary surface treatments (aka washing exterior surfaces) such as paint, preservatives, stucco, pavement, or cement is allowed. 


And what about establishing new lawns? According to the notice from the town, exemptions for establishing new lawns are given only during the months of April, May, September, and October, and only by written permission from the DPW.


There are penalties for violating the watering restrictions. 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 that “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.”


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