Thursday, May 12, 2022

Drought Status Level 1 declared, water conservation measures to begin today

DPW Notice - Water Conservation Measures Go Into Effect Today, Thursday, May 12, 2022.

Following sporadic rainfall totals during the last several months, which has resulted in below average precipitation numbers in eastern Massachusetts, Energy and Environmental Affairs Secretary Bethany Card declared a Level 1-Mild Drought in the Southeast and Islands Regions of the Commonwealth.

The declaration of a Level 1 drought has triggered the Town to enact Water Conservation restrictions as required per our Water Management Act permit through MassDEP. Therefore, the following Water Conservation Measures are now in effect as of today, May 12th, 2022.

  • One day per week outdoor watering.
  • Outdoor watering using sprinklers or automated irrigation systems is restricted to the water user's trash day. If the user does not have Town trash service, the user should water on the same day as the nearest Town trash customer. 
  • Outdoor watering is prohibited between the hours of 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m.
  • Hand watering is permitted anytime.

As a requirement of our Water Management Act Permit the Town is required to enact annual summer Water Conservation Measures. The conservation measures are needed to limit the daily demand on the water system in order to ensure water levels in the Charles River Water Shed basin remain at acceptable levels and that adequate water is available to meet the public health and safety needs of the Town. This measure is necessary to maintain the water levels in the tanks for fire protection and normal consumption. During the summer months, the Town experiences excessively high demands for water due to lawn watering. There have been 24-hour periods during which water consumption has been more than twice our average daily water usage for the year. Because of the tremendous increase in the demand for water and State restrictions on the amount of water that can be pumped daily, the Town of Franklin must place water conservation measures in effect for lawn watering during the summer months.

A total of 1-inch of water once per week from rain and watering promotes the healthiest lawns. Non-compliance with these regulations could adversely affect public health and safety. Violators are subject to fines up to $200. For additional information, visit the DPW website at Any questions should be directed to the Department of Public Works at 508-520-4910.

Please see our website for more information: 

Thank you for your cooperation!

Franklin DPW

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PDF of the DEP map and Conservation Measures sign


"May 11, 2022: Energy and Environmental Affairs (EEA) Secretary Bethany Card declared a Level 1 – Mild Drought in the Southeast and Islands Regions. The Western, Connecticut River Valley, Central, Northeast, and Cape Cod Regions are at a Level 0 - Normal condition. 
Read more on our drought status page."

Per the map included Franklin is part of the Southeast and Islands region.

The water conservation measure will begin with this announcement on Wednesday. At the Finance Committee Budget Hearing Wednesday, it was confirmed during the discussion that instead of making the conservation measure effective after Memorial Day, with the change to Level 1, they will start now. 

Additional info will be coming from the DPW as the announcement has triggered the implementation sooner than anticipated.

The MA DEP drought status page can be found

The Town of Franklin water conservation info ->

Drought Status Level 1 declared, water conservation measures to begin
Drought Status Level 1 declared, water conservation measures to begin

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