April 24 2018

Selectmen Remind Residents and Businesses Watering Restrictions Still in Place

By: Rich Hosford

On Monday members of the Board of Selectmen said they wanted to remind Burlington residents and businesses that the even/odd day watering restriction is still in place.

Members said they have been asked by residents through email, phone calls and in encounters around town so they made it clear during the meeting that everything is as it was last year.

As a reminder, the watering restriction says that automated watering will be banned between the hours of 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. all year long. DPW Director John Sanchez said this is because studies have shown that during the time when the sun is out most water evaporates before it can seep into the ground.

The second point is that residents and businesses will only be able to 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.

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.

Last year the board also voted to create a tiered rate structure for irrigation 2nd meters, which residents can have to separately track home and irrigation use as a way to save money.

The tiered rate is as follows:

- Under 5,000 gallons: Flat rate of $25.  

- 5,000 to 50,000 gallons: $5 per 1,000 gallons.

- 50,001 to 70,000 gallons: $6.25 per 1,000 gallons.

- 70,001 to 90,000 gallons: $7.50 per 1,000 gallons

- Over 90,000 gallons: $9 per 1,000 gallons.


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