The town of Wellesley is asking residents to cut back on watering their increasingly crunchy brown lawns in light of recent dry weather conditions that have strained the local water supply. Natick’s already got a mandatory outside use ban as it grapples with a mechanical issue (as a Swellesley reader pointed out in the comments section below).
The town of Wellesley alert warns: “Wellesley’s water demands are now challenging the capacity of our water supply. A continuation of these demands may adversely impact our ability to meet essential needs (i.e. fire protection) and may jeopardize water quality… Our water supply / demand status is now in a WATCH condition, which is the final stage prior to mandatory outside water use restrictions. To avoid our implementation of a mandatory outside watering ban, we are asking you now to voluntarily reduce outside water use.”
Recommended steps include:
*Reducing your lawn irrigation by 20%. If you have an automatic timed system, please shorten the watering period by at least 20%.
*Using less than 1-inch of water per week on your lawn, and this inch should include the natural rainfall. (For a typical lawn, with no rain during the week, this would mean about 2 1⁄2 hours of irrigation per week).
*Irrigating only once per week to encourage deep rooting of the grasses.
*Directing all irrigation to appropriate areas (do not water pavement).
*Irrigating during low evaporation periods, namely between 7 pm and 8 am.
For more information or specific questions, please call the Water & Sewer Division, weekdays between 7 am and 4 pm, at 781-235-7600 x 3355.