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Scituate implements total ban on all nonessential outdoor water use – Boston 25 News



SCITUATE, Mass. — The Town of Scituate on Wednesday announced that it’s implementing a total ban on all nonessential outdoor water.

The ban is in response to high seasonal demand and the failure of a sludge collection system in one of two sedimentation basins at the town’s surface water treatment plant, according to the Scituate Water Division.

Repairs will likely take “weeks and maybe even months” to complete, but the restrictions will be revisited if conditions change, officials noted.

The watering of flowers, gardens, plants, and lawns may be done by hand-held hose only before 9 a.m. and after 5 p.m.

Additional guidelines shared by the town include:

Nonessential outdoor water uses that are subject to mandatory restrictions include:

  • Irrigation of lawns
  • Filling swimming pools
  • Washing vehicles, except in a commercial car wash or as necessary for operator safety
  • Washing exterior building surfaces, parking lots, driveways or sidewalks, except as necessary to apply surface treatments such as paint, preservatives, stucco, pavement or cement

The following uses may be allowed when mandatory restrictions are in place:

  • Irrigation to establish a new lawn and new plantings during the months of May and September
  • Irrigation of public parks and recreational fields 
  • Irrigation of gardens, flowers and ornamental plants by means of a hand-held hose or drip irrigation system; and irrigation of lawns by means of a hand-held hose before 9 a.m. and after 5 p.m.

Water uses NOT subject to mandatory restrictions are those required:

  • For health or safety reasons
  • By regulation
  • For the production of food and fiber
  • For the maintenance of livestock
  • To meet the core functions of a business (for example, irrigation by golf courses as necessary to maintain tees, greens, and minimal fairway watering, or irrigation by plant nurseries as necessary to maintain stock)

This is a developing story. Check back for updates as more information becomes available.

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