After weeks of rainy weather, many residents may wonder why their towns are instituting water bans.
Franklin, Hudson, Ashland, Holliston, Hopkinton, Medway, Wayland and Southborough have all implemented bans on outdoor water usage for various reasons.
A reason for many of the bans is a requirement by the Department of Environmental Protection, which oversees public water supply use in Massachusetts, that towns with public water systems maintain certain usage limits.
"If (the town) has a permit from us, they are going to be doing some kind of restriction year in and year out," said Duane LeVangie, chief of the DEP's Water Management Program.
Franklin gets its water from 12 wells and implements a water ban every year, usually from Memorial Day to Labor Day, with an option to extend the ban if supplies are low.
"We have every intention of lifting the ban on time this year," said Robert Cantoreggi, Franklin's director of public works. "All of the (rain) this year is helping a lot."
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