You can now read 5 articles in a month for free on Read as much as you want anywhere and anytime for just 99¢.


New restrictions on outdoor watering

Continue reading below

Selectmen have instituted mandatory limits on nonessential water use through September to help meet state water conservation benchmarks. The board will hold a public hearing on the issue during its 7 p.m. meeting Tuesday in Town Hall. Under the temporary restrictions, residents will be allowed to use sprinklers or automatic irrigation systems two days per week, but only before 9 a.m. and after 5 p.m., with violations subject to a $50 fine. Lawns on properties with even street numbers may be watered on Mondays and Thursdays; addresses with odd numbers can be watered on Tuesdays and Fridays; the use of sprinklers or automatic systems will not be allowed on Saturdays, Sundays, or Wednesdays. Watering with a hand-held hose is allowed during the restricted period, according to an announcement detailing the new limits posted on the town’s website, Selectmen made the decision to help meet the state Department of Environmental Protection’s goal of a per-capita water use of 65 gallons per day. For the past few years, Needham’s rate was nearly 68 gallons per day; limiting the town’s water use may help it avoid stricter restrictions in the future, Selectman Dan Matthews said in a phone interview. The town’s water restriction does not apply to businesses, he said.

Loading comments...
Want each day's news headlines delivered fresh to your
inbox every morning? Just connect with us
in one of the following ways:
Please enter a valid email will never post anything without asking.
Privacy Policy
Subscriber Log In

You have reached the limit of 5 free articles in a month

Stay informed with unlimited access to Boston’s trusted news source.

  • High-quality journalism from the region’s largest newsroom
  • Convenient access across all of your devices
  • Today’s Headlines daily newsletter
  • Subscriber-only access to exclusive offers, events, contests, eBooks, and more
  • Less than 25¢ a week
Marketing image of
Marketing image of