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City of Worcester Drought Contingency and Water Supply Emergency Plan

For Immediate Release: 10/1/2020 9:47 pm

Worester has announced a Stage 1 Drought, effective Monday, Oct. 5. 

Stage 1 Use Reduction Goal

The goal of use restrictions under a Stage 1, Water Supply Alert is 5-percent reduction in overall water use and public awareness of the drought.

Stage 1 water restrictions are applicable to all water users

Water waste is prohibited – which includes the following:

  • Failure to repair a controllable leak, including, broken sprinkler heads, water services, fire pipes, leaking valves, leaking or broken pipes or faucets
  • Knowingly operating an irrigation system with (a) a broken head; (b) a head that is out of adjustment and spraying into the street, parking area, or sidewalk; or (c) a system that is misting/fogging due to excessive water pressure
  • Allowing irrigation water to: (a)run off property forming a stream of water for a distance of 50 feet or greater; (b) run into a storm drain; (c) pond to a depth of ¼ inch or greater
  • Allowing or causing an irrigation system or lawn watering device to operate while it is raining or when temperatures are at or below 32 degrees Fahrenheit.

As it is late in the year and most irrigation systems will soon be shut off for the season, owners of irrigation systems are encouraged to shut them off immediately. 
Stage 1 Restrictions

  • Reduce non-essential water use. As used herein, non-essential water uses are those that do not have a health or safety impact and are not needed to meet the core function of the department.
  • Shut down all City operated irrigation systems and fountains.
  • Notify consecutive systems of actions being taken and require them to implement equivalent drought stage measures to reduce water use by five percent.
  • Limit hydrant use permits. Variances may be granted under the approval of the Commissioner.
  • Increase public education efforts on ways to reduce water use.
  • Increase enforcement efforts.
  • Update list of known groundwater and leaks.
  • Increase public leak detection efforts.
  • Promote leak detection and repair.

Commercial, Industrial and Institutional Business Use Restrictions

  • Identify and repair leaks on private plumbing, automatic irrigation systems and service lines.
  • Reduce exterior washing of vehicles at commercial facilities such as automobile rental, sales and service operations, taxi companies, trucking facilities and commercial garages where less than 50% of the water used is recycled. The washing of garbage trucks and vehicles used to transport food and/or other perishables may take place as necessary for health, sanitation, or public safety reasons.
  • Prohibit washing of paved areas by any means except where a variance is granted to alleviate a possible public health and safety risk.

  • Identify and repair leaks on private plumbing, automatic irrigations systems and service lines.
  • Prohibit washing of paved areas by any means.

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