Outdoor Water Use Restriction

Mandatory non-essential outdoor water use restriction for residential and commercial customers. Non-essential outdoor water use is prohibited between 9 am and 5 pm from May 1 to September 30, 2023.

The restriction is implemented in connection with the Town of Upton's Water Management Act permit.

Examples of non-essential outdoor water use include:

  • Irrigation of lawns via sprinklers or automatic irrigation systems.
  • Washing of vehicles other than by a commercial car wash or as necessary for operator safety.
  • Washing exterior building surfaces, parking lots, driveways, or sidewalks, except as necessary to apply paint, preservatives, stucco, pavement, or cement.

Examples of acceptable outdoor water use include:

  • Irrigation to establish a new lawn during the months of May and September.
  • Irrigation of lawns, gardens, flowers, or ornamental plants by hand-held hoses only.
  • Irrigation of public parks and recreation fields before 9 am and after 5 pm.

Water uses not subject to the mandatory restrictions are those required for health or safety reasons, by regulation, for food and fiber production, for the maintenance of livestock, and to meet core functions of a business (e.g., irrigation by golf courses as necessary to maintain tees and greens and for limited fairway watering, or irrigation by plant nurseries as necessary to maintain stock.)

Questions about the mandatory non-essential outdoor water restriction should be directed to the Department of Public Works at 508-529-3067, between 8 am and 3:30 pm, Monday through Friday, or by email to edelamotte@uptonma.gov.