Thursday, June 3, 2010

June brings water restrictions to Franklin

"April showers bring May flowers,
June brings water restrictions to Franklin"

It is that time again. Franklin in order to abide by the water permit issued by MA needs to implement water restrictions. As reported in the Finance Committee budget hearing earlier this year, Franklin is challenging the permit issued as it restricts our usage in impractical ways.

In the meantime, Franklin residents can only water on their trash day and NOT during the hours 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM.

The signs are posted in the normal traffic spots and water restrictions can be enforced by the limited staffing available.

Franklin, MA


  1. What are the impractical ways that it restricts our usage?

  2. As I understand it, the current permit while calculated on a per person average usage actually reduces our water supply to a hard limit. So if the town were to gain a business that happened to have high water usage, we may not be able to allow it to open without going through the State. That doesn't make a whole lot of sense. We have been making great progress reducing our water usage (our water revenue is down year over year as a result). We should be encouraged to continue but also allowed some flexibility (and the current permit apparently doesn't.)

    Does that help?