Massachusetts has devised a long-awaited new formula to regulate water withdrawals from streams and rivers that is designed to drive down residential, commercial, and community water use so waterways don’t run bone dry, state Department of Environmental Protection officials are scheduled to announce Thursday. Residents could experience more lawn watering bans and water rate increases while communities will likely work harder to fix leaky pipes and inject water back into the ground that is taken out for drinking, showering, and gardening.
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