Limited rain leads to water restriction in Williamstown
The Berkshire Eagle is reporting Williamstown, Mass., has issued a “non-essential outdoor watering restriction” until further notice. The action was taken after an extended period of little rainfall. Between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. each day, the town forbids outdoor watering of lawns, public parks and recreational fields, gardens, flowers and ornamental plants. The tasks are permitted after 5 p.m. and before 9 a.m., but only with the use of a hand-held hose. The ban prohibits vehicle washing other than by means of a commercial car wash, as well as the washing of exterior building surfaces, parking lots, driveways or sidewalks, except as needed to apply paint, preservatives, stucco, pavement or cement. Exempted activities include water use for health or safety reasons, the production of food and fiber, for the maintenance of livestock, or to meet the core functions of a business. Anyone who violates the restriction can be cited and charged $50 the first time, and $100 for each subsequent violation. Read the full story in The Berkshire Eagle.