HOLDEN, Mass. — A Water Use Restriction for the Town of Holden will begin May 1, with the ban to restrict daily "nonessential" outdoor water use from public water sources.
The restriction is in accordance with the Water Management Final Act Permit issue to the town by the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection.
The violators of the restriction will be subject to te Town of Holden - Water Use by-law - with enforcement fines of up to $200 per violation.
Examples of "non-essential" outdoor water uses include:
- irrigation of lawns via sprinklers or automatic irrigation systems'
- washing of vehicles, except in a commercial car wash or as necessary for operator safety.
- washing of exterior building surfaces, parking lots, driveways or sidewalks, except as necessary to apply surface treatments such as paint, preservatives, stucco, pavement, or cement.
Examples of water use that may be allowed:
- irrigation to establish lawn and new plantings during the months of May and September;
- irrigation of public parks and recreational fields by means of automatic sprinklers outside the hours of 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; and
- irrigation of lawns, gardens, flowers and ornamental plants by means of a hand-held hose.
Examples of water uses not subject to mandatory restrictions:
- for health and safety reasons
- by regulation
- for the production of food and fiber
- for the maintenance of livestock
- to meet the core functions of a business (for example, irrigation by golf courses as necessary to maintain tees, greens and limited fairway watering, or irrigation by plant nursuries as necessary to maintain stock)
The restriction will be in place daily, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., until September 30.