The Board of Selectmen voted unanimously last night to impose a voluntary odd/even water restriction starting immediately and running through September 22. Under the ban, outside water use is restricted based on your house number, so odd-numbered houses use water on odd-numbered days, and even-numbered houses use water on even-numbered days.
Southborough has adopted the voluntary ban for several years now in an effort to even out demand on the water system during the peak summer months. It’s also an attempt to meet the state water use guideline of 65 gallons per day per resident.
In its annual water quality report released earlier this month, the Department of Public Works said despite pumping a relatively low amount of water into its distribution system last year, Southborough still failed to meet the per resident usage set out by the Water Management Act (WMA).
“Summer 2011 saw above average precipitation, lowering water usage throughout Town by 18% when compared to a dry 2010,” the DPW wrote. “The Town only pumped 306 million gallons (MG) of water into our distribution system in 2011, the lowest quantity Southborough has pumped since 1996. However, even with this low water usage, Southborough residents did not meet the WMA standard of 65 gal/day in 2011.”
What do you think of the water ban? Do you observe it? What other strategies do you use to conserve water in the summertime? Do you think Southborough should be doing more to reduce water use in town? Share your thoughts in the comments below.
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