Barre Water Customers

Residential Outdoor Water Use Restrictions

May 1, 2017 through September 30, 2017


 In our Water Management Act Permit, issued by Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection, one of the special conditions of the permit was to address Summer Limits on Withdrawal using a calendar trigger.  This is to limit the non-essential outside water use from May through September of each year to protect stream flow for aquatic life and ensure a sustainable drinking water supply.  


We would like to explain what this means for our customers:


  • There will be no non-essential residential outdoor water use allowed on a daily basis.   
    For example:
    • Automatic lawn sprinklers
    • Washing of sidewalks, driveways, parking lots and building surfaces
  • We will be allowing outdoor water use on Tuesday and Thursday of each week only.   We encourage all of our customers to be conscious of the amount of water that is being used.    All water conservation steps should be taken.  For example:
    • washing your vehicle for safety reasons only
    • watering your garden and/or lawn after 5:00 p.m. and before 9:00 a.m. with a hand held hose


There are no restrictions on water use for the following:

  • Health and Safety reasons
  • For the production of food and fiber 
  • For the maintenance of livestock
  • To meet the core functions of a business


In the event that a drought order is issued, all outdoor water use will be suspended immediately. 


We would like to thank our customers in advance for their cooperation and support to conserve our valuable drinking water resources.


If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us at the DPW Office – 978-355-5013 or via email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.">This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


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