Water is already in short supply this summer, and for Southborough residents it will be even more so over the next few weeks thanks to repair work on two of the town’s water storage tanks.
The water tank on Oak Hill Road is being stripped and repainted, while the seams and ceiling are being repaired on the tank on Overlook Drive. Each tank will need to be taken offline while the work happens, one tank at a time.
Taking a tank offline means there’s less water to go around, so the Department of Public Works is asking residents to take extra steps to conserve water above and beyond the voluntary odd/even water ban that’s already in place.
“We understand that the summer has been very dry and many residents, and the Town, have invested money in landscaping projects,” DPW Superintendent Karen Galligan wrote in a memo to the Board of Selectmen. “It is not our intent to have residents discontinue watering and let those investments die. However, we are requesting that residents with established landscaping and lawns work harder to conserve water over the next few weeks.”
Galligan said in the memo that the Department of Environmental Protection required that the water tank maintenance take place this year.