In an effort to conserve water after the recent hot and dry weather, Aquarion Water Co. has imposed water restrictions for customers in Hull, Hingham and Cohasset who have irrigation systems or water their lawns with sprinklers.
The restrictions were put in place on Monday, July 16, before thunderstorms brought cooler temperatures to the South Shore.
Even so, dry weather since July 5, along with a spout of recent high temperatures, has prompted the towns' water supplier to regulate outdoor water usage.
Under the restrictions, residents in the three towns with even-numbered house addresses can use their irrigation systems between 6 p.m. and 10 a.m. on even-numbered days.
Homes with odd-numbered addresses may water on odd-numbered days. also between 6 p.m. and 10 a.m.
Hand-held hoses are allowed at any time.
Failure to comply with restrictions will result in a written warning, with subsequent violations resulting in a discontinuance of water service with termination.
Restoration fees range from $49 to $294, depending on the day of the week, the time of day, and if the day is a holiday.
According to Hingham Selectman Bruce Rabuffo, the water restrictions aren’t an anomaly for the town.
“Contrary to popular belief, we live in a drought area and we go through this every summer when we have severe heat,” Rabuffo said. “It’s with good reason, given we had seven to eight days of 90-degree or plus weather…[Wednesday] it was warmer in Boston than it was in New Orleans and Miami. It’s just the nature of living in New England.”
Rabuffo said town officials received a courtesy phone call from Aquarion alerting them of the water restriction, and said he was glad the company was working to conserve water.
Hingham follows in the footsteps of other towns such as Scituate, which have been restricting water usage since the beginning of the summer.
Although Scituate has imposed a permanent water restriction on the town, which mandates that residents can only use irrigation systems one day a week, Rabuffo doesn’t know if that’s a direction Hingham should or will go.
“I don’t know what will happen, but as the population increases, it puts more pressure on needs for water,” Rabuffo said. “I understand why they did what they did, [and] I look outside and watch my grass turn upside town. There isn’t much you can do about it.”
In addition to following water restrictions, Aquarion has suggested several other measures for conserving water:
- Allow grass to grow longer -- taller grass shades itself, is healthier and requires less water.
- Be careful not to allow irrigation water to fall on paved areas.
- Use brooms or blowers, instead of water, to clean decks, driveways and sidewalks.
- Repair all leaks in plumbing and fixtures.
- Install water-saving showerheads and low-flow faucet aerators
For more information on Aquarion Water Co. and its subsidiaries, visit www.aquarionwater.com or www.facebook.com/aquarionwater.