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Posted on: August 2, 2022

Mandatory Water Ban

Mandatory Water Ban


Town of Manchester-by-the-Sea Issues Mandatory Outdoor Water Ban

 Manchester-by-the-Sea, MA – Effective immediately, the Town of Manchester-by-the-Sea has issued a mandatory ban on non-essential outdoor water use until further notice. Hand watering is permitted between the hours of 5 PM and 8 AM. 

 The ban comes after the Commonwealth recently raised the drought level in the region to a critical level three. The Town is taking important steps at this time to preserve the current water supply and prevent a serious level drop given the unknown of when significant rainfall will occur in the area. 

 Therefore, on August 1, 2022, the Select Board officially declared a state of water conservation in Manchester-by-the-Sea. The Town is requiring that residents temporarily forego all outdoor non-essential water use until further notice. The water ban includes, but is not limited to, lawn irrigation systems, sprinklers, car washing, boat washing, hot tubs and pool filling. Limited hand watering is allowed between the hours of 5 PM and 8 AM. Violations of this mandatory water ban can result in a fine of up to $200 per day. The Town will communicate to residents when the ban is lifted.

 Learn about more effective ways to conserve water in your home here and monitor Massachusetts Drought Levels.

 Please contact the DPW Office with further questions at 978-526-1242.

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