Dartmouth is Level 3 Critical Drought, along with most of Massachusetts

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DARTMOUTH — The Dartmouth Department of Public Works is asking residents to minimize water usage as Dartmouth is now in Level 3 Critical Drought. This is to ensure that essential public health, safety, and environmental needs continue to be met.

The Level 3 Critical Drought requirements for all residents and businesses are to minimize overall water use and stop all non-essential outdoor watering.

Massachusetts drought status
Massachusetts drought status

The Town of Dartmouth will be adopting the following:

- The state’s Level 3 ban on all nonessential outdoor water use.

- Enforcing water use restrictions with increasingly stringent penalties.

- Until the Level 3 restrictions are lifted, the Town of Dartmouth will prohibit installation of new sod, seeding, and/or landscaping; washing of hard surfaces (sidewalks, patios, driveways, siding); personal vehicle or boat washing; filling of swimming pools.

Even with recent rain, drought conditions are serious. Along with record-setting temperatures for single-day highs and length of heat waves, Dartmouth had only 0.20 inches of rain at the Chase Road treatment plant in July.

If you have any questions, contact the Water Dept at (508) 999-0742.

This article originally appeared on Standard-Times: Dartmouth is Level 3 Critical Drought, along with most of Massachusetts