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Water restriction in place for Shelburne Falls

SHELBURNE FALLS — Because of low water flow in the North River, near the two wells that provide water to Shelburne Falls, the Shelburne Falls Fire District placed mandatory restrictions on all non-essential outdoor water use from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. until further notice.

“Non-essential” use includes any purpose that isn’t required for health or safety reasons, for food production or livestock, or to meet core functions of a business. Examples of non-essential use include watering lawns with a soaker or sprinkler, washing cars or hosing down driveways or sidewalks. Hand-held hoses may be used to water lawns and gardens.

The fire district has the authority to fine violators or even to shut off water for non-compliance.

The restrictions will be lifted when the North River stream flow is above 44.5 cubic feet per second for at least seven days in a row.

Those with questions may call the water department at 413-625-6392.

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