Water Use Restrictions

August 17, 2016


Due to the Drought Watch condition in Central Massachusetts, the Ayer Board of Water Commissioners have declared a State of Water Supply Conservation, in accordance with the Town Water Use Restriction Regulation. Under the State of Water Supply Conservation, Restriction 5f. -  Outdoor Water Use Ban has been implemented.

 “Outdoor Water Use Ban: Nonessential outdoor water uses are controlled as follows:

a) Watering with hand hose only (no sprinklers or irrigation systems)
b) Watering with water can only
c) All other outdoor watering shall be prohibited”

Nonessential outdoor water use shall mean those uses that are not required:

1. for health or safety reasons;
2. by regulation;
3. for the production of food and fiber;
4. for the maintenance of livestock; or
5. to meet the core functions of a business (for example, irrigation by golf courses as necessary to maintain tees and greens, and limited fairway watering, or irrigation by plant nurseries or agricultural operations as necessary to maintain stock or establish new plantings, wash equipment to prevent damage and/or maintain performance, pest management and plant cooling).

 Enforcement of the Outdoor Water Use Ban is as follows:

  • 1st Violation – Written Warning
  • 2nd Violation - $50.00 fine
  • 3rd Violation - $200.00 fine
  • 4th Violation - $300.00 fine and reduction in water availability to allow for basic water needs

All Town employees are the enforcement agents authorized to implement the water ban.  Please contact the D.P.W. office at 978-772-8240 if you have any questions regarding the water ban.