Outdoor Watering Restriction in Effect

Effective May 1, 2021


Effective immediately the Town of Wayland Water Division is implementing a water use restriction for users of the Wayland Public Water Supply.  The recent drought conditions in the Northeast have triggered the need for this water restriction.  Limiting water use, especially non-essential outdoor water use, is needed to ensure a sustainable water supply and to protect stream flow for aquatic life.

  • An immediate prohibition on nonessential outdoor water use is required between the hours of 9 AM and 5 PM. 
  • Outdoor watering as defined below will be allowed one (1) day per week – Wednesday, before 9 AM and after 5 PM
  • Watering by means of a handheld hose is permissible anytime.

The non-essential water use restrictions include:

  • Irrigation of lawns and gardens via automated systems and above ground hose sprinklers
  • Washing of vehicles, other than by commercial car wash
  • Washing of exterior building surfaces, parking lots, driveways, or sidewalks
  • Except as needed to apply paint, preservatives, stucco, pavement or cement

The Town’s water supply system is regulated by the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (MassDEP).  As a participating member of the Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs Drought Task Force, MassDEP has declared a Drought Advisory Level 1 (Mild Drought).  This is a calendar year restriction, meaning the restriction will be in place from May 1st through September 30th 2021.  The Water Division will notify the public when the water restriction is lifted.

Any person found violating these water restrictions is subject to the fines established in Chapter 190 of the Town of Wayland By-laws.  These fines are $100 for the second violation and $200 for the third and subsequent violations.  Failure to comply with Nonessential Outdoor Water Use Restrictions may result in termination of water service after the third violation. If you have any questions, please contact the Water Division at 508-358-3672.


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