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Massachusetts Water Resources Authority
PRESS RELEASE

Updated:
Original Post:

October 7, 2016
July 14, 2016

Contact:

Ria Convery
(617) 788-1105, Ria.Convery@mwra.com


MWRA Drought Status: Normal Operating Range

The Quabbin Reservoir is at normal operating range for summer.

Update 10/01/16: The Quabbin and Wachusett Reservoirs are still in normal operating range.

Update 08/18/16: The Quabbin and Wachusett Reservoirs are still in normal operating range.

On August 12, 2016, the state issued a Drought Warning for Central and Northeast Massachusetts, a Drought Watch for Southeastern Massachusetts and the Connecticut River Valley, and a Drought Advisory for Western Massachusetts.

While the Quabbin Reservoir remains within normal operating range for this time of year, it is always important to practice water conservation wherever possible, particularly during long dry spells such as this. MWRA’s conservation and water use efficiency pages have many good ideas for saving water.

While MWRA’s supply of water is adequate, some communities are facing localized pressure problems due to too many lawn sprinklers going off at the same time. MWRA suggests watering less frequently, and avoiding peak water use periods such as 5 to 7 am.

MWRA communities which supply a portion of the water from local supplies ("partially-supplied communities") may have mandatory restrictions; customers should check with their local water department.

One reason MWRA reservoirs are so full is that water use efficiency in our region has dramatically decreased total water use from over 340 million gallons per day in 1980 to around 200 million gallons per day now.

If you have any questions, please call Ria Convery at (617) 788-1105, or MWRA's 24-hour water line at (617) 305-5950.

MWRA Partially-Supplied Water Service Communities

The communities below receive a part of their water supplies from MWRA. If you live in a partially-supplied community, you should check with your local water department to see if your city or town has mandatory water restrictions in place.

Bedford

Cambridge (only in emergencies)

Canton

Dedham

Marlborough

Needham

Northborough

Peabody

Stoughton

Wakefield

Wellesley

Westwood

Wilmington

Winchester

Woburn

Related:

MWRA Urges Water Conservation - 08/19/16

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Updated October 7, 2016
Original Post: October 7, 2016