In May 2023, the Public Works Commission revised Concord’s Seasonal Water Demand Management Plan by adding drought level “indices” to align with regional drought levels that will be reported out by the State’s Secretary of Energy and Environmental Affairs. The plan can be viewed by clicking the 'Current Water Use Restriction Level’ image above. Please be advised that while local restrictions will not be less restrictive than the State’s plan, they can be more restrictive based on local water supply issues - such as an operational or quality upset identified at one or more sources of supply.
For compliance monitoring and enforcement purposes, the day per week allowance must only occur on the corresponding municipal trash route. You can quickly and easily determine a watering day by visiting www.concordma.gov/wateringday.
A Seasonal Water Conservation “Advisory” goes into place on May 1st, where, regardless of any local or state-imposed restrictions, customers are encouraged to use the best management practice of watering their lawn 1-inch per week. For those customers and contractors that are unable to program their controllers to achieve the optimal 1-inch of watering per week suggestion, we recommend setting the controller simply to operate 1-day per week. We encourage you to work with your contractor to set up both controller and lawn care programs which will prepare your lawn to look as good as it can, while still being mindful of the potential of an enforceable Lawn Watering Restriction, which limits watering to 1-day per week.
- How does the Town determine the level of Water Use Restriction?
- What authority does the Town have to implement Water Use Restrictions?
- How do I find out the present level of Water Use Restrictions?
- How are customers notified of changes made to Water Use Restrictions?
- Why is watering restricted to certain times of day?
- How do I determine my watering day?
- What triggers a Seasonal Water Conservation Advisory?
- What triggers a Lawn Watering Restriction?
- What triggers a Lawn Watering Ban?
- What triggers a Water Supply Emergency?
- Why just restrict lawn and turf watering?
- What about gardens, flower beds, and trees?
- What about watering new lawns and landscaping?
- I’m not home and I cannot adjust my irrigation system controller. What should I do?
- Can I wash my car, truck, or boat during lawn watering restrictions or bans?
Water Use Restrictions Across Massachusetts
Learn about water restrictions that may currently be in place around the Commonwealth, at the following State webpage: https://www.mass.gov/info-details/outdoor-water-use-restrictions-for-cities-towns-and-golf-courses.