As Massachusetts endures its worst drought in more than a decade, many of the state’s cities and towns have issued outdoor water restrictions or bans to conserve water.
Check the map below to see what restrictions your town or city has issued. Many of the bans are punishable by fines.
The Globe found many residents are skirting those prohibitions or plainly ignoring them, much to the chagrin of water providers and public works departments.
The US Drought Monitor’s weekly maps show a significant portion — just under 17 percent — of the state is now suffering an “extreme drought,” while almost three quarters of Massachusetts endures a “severe drought.”
It’s the first time the US Drought Monitor, a collaboration of university and government officials, has designated an “extreme drought” in Massachusetts since the group started mapping drought conditions in 1999.
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