The DEP is requiring the Dudley Water Department to implement a non-essential outdoor water use restriction, according to the new Water Management Act of 2011. This will become effective May 1, 2018 through September 30, 2018, between the hours of 9:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m.

As stated in the Special Condition 6 of Dudley’s Water Management permit, “non-essential outdoor water use” includes uses that are not required:

  1. for health or safety reasons;
  2. by regulation;
  3. for the production of food and fiber
  4. for the maintenance of livestock; or
  5. to meet the core functions of a business (for example, irrigation by golf courses as necessary to maintain tees, greens, and limited fairway watering, or irrigation by plant nurseries as necessary to maintain stock)

Examples of non-essential outdoor water uses include:

  • Irrigation of lawns via sprinklers or automatic irrigation systems;
  • Washing of vehicles other than by means of a commercial car wash, except as
    necessary for operator safety; and
  • Washing of exterior building surfaces, parking lots, driveways or sidewalks, except as
    necessary to apply paint, preservatives, stucco, pavement or cement.

Examples of acceptable outdoor water uses include:

  • Irrigation to establish a new lawn during the months of May & September;
  • Irrigation of public parks and recreations fields by means of automatic sprinklers
    outside the hours of 9 a.m. until 5 p.m.; and
  • Irrigation of lawns, gardens, and ornamental plants by means of a hand-held hose.