Outdoor Water Use
Restriction – Remains In Effect
The Outdoor Water Use Restriction, as declared by the Public Works Commission on July 18th, 2013, remains in effect. Since the declaration was made, system demands have dropped from a high of 4.0 million gallons per day to around 3.0 million gallons per day. For all of you who have made an effort to reduce your outdoor water use in compliance with this declaration, thank you.
While you are likely well aware, there has been measurable rainfall recorded in Concord within the past several weeks. What you are less likely to know is that despite such short-term reprieves in weather, at this time of the year, water use can quickly ramp up once temperatures increase and the ground dries up. Because of this, the Public Works Commission intends to keep the current water use restrictions in place, at least until we get through the month of August and there is a more sustained change in prevailing weather.
Why is the Outdoor Water use Restriction still in place?
Continually pumping water from all of the Town’s water supplies (7 in total) at their maximum designed flow rates is unsustainable. Ongoing compliance with the 2-day per week limitation on outdoor water has been established with a goal of providing a reasonable allowance for outdoor watering, without compromising essential water use required for public health and safety and fire protection. Failure to maintain this balance would trigger a need for the Public Works Commission to elevate the Seasonal Water Demand Management Plan to Emergency levels– effectively prohibiting all outdoor water use.
For updates and additional information on Outdoor Water Use Restrictions under Concord’s Seasonal Water Demand Management Plan visit www.concordma.gov/water.
Thank you for your cooperation and support.