Notice to Ware Residents Regarding Water Use Restrictions

The Town is required through its Water Management Act Permit to enact seasonal limits on non-essential outdoor water use.  These requirements are to ensure an adequate supply of water for drinking water, to sustain aquatic life in our water bodies and to protect the environment.  The Water Department has a choice of instituting these restrictions on an annual basis beginning May 1st each year or based on streamflow triggers in the Ware River.  We have chosen the streamflow triggered approach.  We currently need to enact these requirements when the streamflow in the Ware River at the USGS local stream gage at Gibbs Crossing is lower than a predetermined threshold for 3 consecutive days.  The restriction can be lifted when the threshold limit has been exceeded for seven consecutive days. 

That condition requiring water use restrictions was met on July 1, 2024, thus the Town is required to implement these restrictions.  There is to be no nonessential outdoor water use from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm effective immediately.  This restriction will remain in place until the Ware River is above the threshold for 7 consecutive days.

Nonessential outdoor water use shall mean those uses that are not required:

1. for health or safety reasons;
2. by regulation;
3. for the production of food and fiber;
4. for the maintenance of livestock; or
5. to meet the core functions of a business (for example, irrigation by golf courses as necessary to maintain tees and greens, and limited fairway watering, or irrigation by plant nurseries or agricultural operations as necessary to maintain stock or establish new plantings, wash equipment to prevent damage and/or maintain performance, pest management and plant cooling.

Nonessential outdoor water uses that are subject to mandatory restrictions 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 or to prevent damage and/or maintain performance of agricultural or construction vehicles or equipment; and
  • washing of exterior building surfaces, parking lots, driveways or sidewalks, except as necessary to apply paint, preservatives, stucco, pavement or cement.

All customers of the Ware water system need to comply with these restrictions during these hours.  Water can be used for non-essential purposes outside of these hours.  Anyone caught ignoring these requirements will be given a warning for the first offense and subsequent offenses will result in actions including fines and water shut offs as permitted by applicable Town bylaws and regulations.

If you have any questions, do not hesitate to contact the Ware Water Department at 413-967-9620.