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Mandatory Outdoor Watering Ban Effective August 22, 2016
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Effective August 22, 2016, the Lincoln Water Department has instituted a Mandatory Outdoor Water Ban that prohibits all lawn watering by means of automatic irrigation systems or manual sprinklers. On August 12th, The Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs upgraded the Drought Status for the northeast region of the State to a “Drought Warning”. On August 18th, the US Drought Monitor upgraded its drought assessment for most of Middlesex (including Lincoln) and Essex Counties to “Extreme Drought”.

Areas within the State’s Drought Warning are currently experiencing precipitation levels 5-8 inches below normal over the past four months. The Lincoln Water Department’s precipitation records show we are almost 7-inches below the median precipitation level for the last 40 years. Ground water levels have decreased 1.8 feet since May and Sandy Pond, the Town’s primary drinking water source, is down over four feet from maximum capacity. As a result of these low precipitation levels, the Department has experienced elevated demand due to lawn watering activities. Water demands for June and July were 20% above 2015 and 30% above the 5-year average. Current withdrawal rates are causing the pond level to drop one foot per month.

The Mandatory Outdoor Watering Ban includes the following conditions:

PROHIBITED OUTDOOR USES FROM AUGUST 22 UNTIL TERMINATION OF BAN
• Underground sprinkler & above ground sprinklers attached to hoses (private irrigation wells excluded).
• Soaker Hoses.
• Filling and topping of swimming pools by more than two-inches .
• Games or Toys Using a Continuous Stream of Water, including water slides and sprinklers.
• Car Washing

ALLOWABLE OUTDOOR USES
• Handheld Hose: Handheld hose water is permitted from 6:00 PM to 9:00 AM.
• Drip irrigation systems: Odd/Even watering based on address 
        (Even = Tues/Thur, Odd = Wed/Fri).
• Vegetable or Flower Gardens – By use of handheld devices only.
• Children’s Wading Pools: To fill the pool only.
• Limited topping off of Swimming Pools – No more than two-inches of water elevation.

Water uses NOT subject to mandatory restrictions are those required:
• for health and safety reasons;
• by regulation;
• for the production of food and fiber;
• for the maintenance of livestock; or
• to meet the core functions of a business (for example, irrigation by plant nurseries as necessary to maintain stock).

Violation Fines
• First Offense: Written Warning.
• Second Offense: $50.00 Fine.
• Third Offense: $100.00 Fine.

If any residents have questions, please contact Greg Woods, Water Superintendent, at 781-259-1329.

Note: Although the ban covers outdoor uses of water only, the Department encourages all its customers to practice water conservation within the home. Practices such as reducing shower frequency and duration, showering instead of taking baths, reducing toilet flushing, avoiding continuous running of faucets, using the washing machine and dishwasher only when full are all a help in preserving our water resource in this time of drought.


Mission


It is the mission of the Lincoln Water Department to provide our customers with a safe drinking water supply, water for fire protection, and an adequate supply of water for our essential daily needs. The department strives to supply high quality water to its customers that meets or exceeds all federal, state, and local requirements. This is accomplished, in part, by maintaining the Flint's Pond watershed and the Tower Road well groundwater recharge area. Our goal is to produce and distribute our product in the most efficient way, while maintaining and upgrading the system to meet future requirements.


Gregory Woods
Superintendent
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Water Department
Mailing Address
16 Lincoln Road
Lincoln, MA 01773

Treatment Plant/Office
80 Sandy Pond Road
Lincoln, MA 01773

Ph: 781-259-8997
      781-259-1329

Fx: 781-259-3592

Hours of Operation
Monday - Friday
7 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.