The City is easing water-use restrictions that have been in effect since the summer, triggered by Commonwealth of Massachusetts drought guidelines. Now that the region’s drought status has improved to “mild,” the Greenfield Department of Public Works is urging residents and businesses to voluntarily conserve water.
The mandatory ban on all nonessential outdoor watering and water use is lifted, effective immediately. The ban was issued August 10, following a “Level 3 Critical Drought” declaration from the state.
“The City’s water system continues to recover, not only from extreme drought conditions, but also from dredging of the Leyden Glen Reservoir, which required us to empty the reservoir last spring,” said DPW Director Marlo Warner. “We are appreciative of the steps residents and businesses have taken to reduce water consumption. They made a big difference and ensured we had adequate water reserves for emergencies.”
The reservoir has refilled to nearly 60% of its capacity of 44 million gallons. The Millbrook Wellfield and the Green River Pumping Station continue to meet the city’s water needs. The wellfield continues to recover from the summer drought conditions. The water level in the Green River is stable.
“With a little more precipitation, we can get the reservoir filled and allow the water to clear up from the dredging and we’ll be able to tap it again,” added Warner. “In the meantime, we’re asking people to continue to conserve water where they can.”
Voluntary water conservation measures include:
More information on water conservation is available online from the Massachusetts Drought Management Task Force at https://mass.gov/info-details/drought-status.