Water Conservation

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For Immediate Release: August 11, 2022

 

Level 3- Critical Drought in Our Region

 

LONGMEADOW (August 11, 2022) – Massachusetts Energy and Environmental Affairs (EEA) has declared a Level 3 – Critical Drought in the Connecticut River Valley. During the last several weeks, we have seen impacts on our municipal water system due to excessive demand for water. This is primarily due to irrigation of lawns. With rain levels much below normal over the past five months, the potential for drought-exacerbated fires is steadily increasing. The Department of Public Works and the Fire Department have reported that the Town will need an approximate 20% reduction (750,000 gallons per day) of water usage in order to maintain the level and pressure of public water supply needed for emergency management. 

In response to our ongoing drought status, the Town of Longmeadow is asking residents and other landowners to engage in the following water conservation measures on a voluntary basis: 

  • Limit non-essential outdoor use. At a minimum, limit irrigation to three days per week on alternating days:
    • Odd number homes are asked to water on odd number days 
    • Even number homes are asked to water on even number days. 
  • Do not water during prime heat hours of 9a - 5p. Please irrigate during evening and early morning hours.

If the Town is unable to achieve a workable solution to excessive water demand with these voluntary measures, the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection may authorize a State of Emergency which would trigger mandatory conservation efforts and prohibit non-essential outdoor water use altogether.

  1. General Tips
  2. When to Water
  3. Best Times to Water
  4. Automatic Watering
  5. Restrictions
  6. Landscaping Tips
  • Adjust sprinklers to water only grass areas and not impervious surfaces such as streets, driveways and walkways.
  • Keep your mower blades sharp so they don’t tear the grass. Mow grass to a height of 2 1/2 to 3 inches. Taller grass shades the roots and soil surface, which helps reduce the amount of water that is lost to evaporation.
  • Use sprinklers that spray low large drops versus high fine ones.
  • Use hand-held soakers for small trees, shrubs and plants.
  • Use shut off nozzles on hoses and repair leaky hoses and fittings.

UPDATED DROUGHT STATUS August 10, 2022

Level 3 - Critical Droughtwater drought map 9-8-22 (002)

Check our regions drought status here

Know What Each Drought Level Means

Drought Level 3
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Efficient Lawn Watering

Summer lawn watering creates large demands on local water utilities. Water supply treatment and storage facilities are often built 2, 3 and even 4 times larger to supply additional demands created by lawn watering. This extra capacity is not used most of the year and adds significant costs to the design, construction and operation of a water system. Water users and communities can save money by using water more efficiently. These water efficient lawn watering practices can help maintain a beautiful yard and conserve valuable water supplies.

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Tips for Saving Water

Water is a precious resource in our environment. We have no choice but to pay more attention to how we are using water, and how we may be wasting it. The Town of Longmeadow is trying to bridge the gap between our understanding of how important water is and what we can do to ensure that we have an adequate supply of clean water for years to come.

You are in control, so try to do one thing each day to save water no matter how small and make sure your children are aware of the need to conserve water.