Water restrictions on for Shelburne Falls

Recorder Staff
Wednesday, June 13, 2018

SHELBURNE FALLS — The Shelburne Falls Fire District is immediately putting mandatory water-use restrictions on all nonessential water use from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. This is because of slow water-flow conditions in the North River, adjacent to the Water Department’s two water wells. The district provides public water for roughly 2,000 residents living within the village.

“Non-essential” water use includes: using “soakers” or automatic sprinklers to water lawns (hand-held use of a water hose is permitted); washing cars or other vehicles; washing down buildings, parking lots, driveways and sidewalks, except as necessary to paint or make repairs.

Allowable water uses include those for health or safety reasons, for the production of food and fiber, to maintain livestock, or to meet core functions of a business (such as a commercial car wash).

The district has the legal ability to issue fines or shut off water for non-compliance.

Under the state’s Water Management Act, the district must issue water restrictions whenever the USGS (United States Geological Survey) stream flow sensor drops below 117 cubic feet per second for three consecutive days in the North River. The restriction is to help maintain water for a balance of human consumption, wildlife habitat and recreational activities.

The water restrictions will end on Oct. 1.