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Water Department: Heat Wave has put “enormous strain” on Water System

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Today, Hopkinton Water and Sewer Manager issued a public notice regarding the town water system and the effects of the current heat wave.

Please be advised that this current heat wave has put an enormous strain on the water system. Pumps are struggling to stay pace with demand and we have been unable to refill the storage tanks to safe levels. This poses a threat to both fire fighting capability and any water emergencies that may happen. Yesterday’s power outages saw us lose several pumping hours, well stations had to be reset after generators came on,” wrote Carty.

“We ask that you please use water judiciously and to follow all the required restrictions below. Pumps are running well beyond normal operational hours and this does not allow for proper recharge to the aquifers. We ask for your immediate cooperation to help avoid any further restrictions.”

Carty then continued on to remind residents of watering restrictions.

From May 1, 2024 through September 30, 2024, for all customers connected to the municipal water system:

Watering lawns, including the use of lawn sprinklers, is allowed for up to two days per week, before 7:00 a.m. and after 7:00 p.m. All other non-essential use is permitted daily before 9:00 a.m. and after 5:00 p.m. 

The following table details when residents may water their lawns based on the voting precinct in which they live:

  • Precinct 1 Tuesdays and Thursdays
  • Precinct 2 Wednesdays and Fridays
  • Precinct 3 Tuesdays and Thursdays
  • Precinct 4 Wednesdays and Fridays
  • Precinct 5 Wednesdays and Fridays

Watering lawns is prohibited on Saturdays, Sundays, and Mondays.

The following penalties apply to violations of this Mandatory State of Water Supply Conservation:

  • First offense – written warning
  • Second offense – $100 fine
  • Third offense and beyond – water service may be suspended
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  1. You know what puts a stress on residents? The constant BS from the town. I find it hard to believe that 2 days into a heat wave its a strain already. Meanwhile I had to call last summer as the common had its sprinklers running when tax payers cannot. The water should be free anyways as its poison.

    • I called last year about the same problem. A huge soccer field behind the high school had all of its sprinklers blasting during a “severe water shortage” last summer when ALL watering was prohibited by the water mafia. I am relatively new to Hopkinton (four years). I have lived in NJ, NC, RI and FL. Never have I ever seen so many water crises as I see in Massachusetts. Every town, every year, has a severe water shortage in this state. It makes no difference how much rain we get. There is always a water crisis. Yet the annual rainfall in MA is comparable to NJ, RI, and NC. FL is a bit higher. So why didn’t I experience a “water crisis” in these other states, some of which (NC, FL) has MUCH hotter summers? Is it the crappy pumping system in Hopkinton? But that wouldn’t explain all of the other towns with “water sprinkling bans” every summer. Sometimes it feels like the nanny state of MA is always manufacturing a crisis of one sort or another so as to raise taxes and increase regulations. Okay, I am done now. You are probably going to tell me to move out of state, but my four grandkids live here and my wife would never allow it.

  2. Maybe it would be wise to stop adding homes and residents until the town can meet the water demand with safe drinking water.

  3. For me there i lack confidence with the water professionals in town. Dirty water and lower quality drinking water are relatively new phenomenons in town.

    Also, more dangerous bacteria arrived early in the year at the Hopkinton State Park. I believe Legacy Farm runoff is endangering Hopkinton State Park’s lake. I could be wrong. I’m not sure the town and the state are working together to ensure the public can enjoy the park.

    So, what will the town do to develop high water standards and win our trust as trust is lacking?

    I really would like the town to develop more in house expertise about maintaining high water quality like in the past.


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