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Mass. moves to save water sources

Massachusetts officials are scheduled to unveil a new framework Thursday to allocate water from streams and rivers, a long-awaited plan that aims to prevent waterways from running dry but could translate into higher water rates and more bans on lawn watering.

The new guidelines are expected to require communities to work harder to fix leaky pipes and inject water back into the ground that is taken out for drinking, showering, and gardening. While final rules are expected by the end of next year, the new regulations will not begin to be phased in until 2014 and will continue through 2019, as ­water withdrawal permits come up for renewal.

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