With above normal temperatures throughout July and early August, and more than three months of below normal rainfall, the state’s Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs has declared a Level 2 Significant Drought in all seven regions of the Commonwealth.

In a media advisory on Monday, Department of Public Services Commissioner Ricardo Morales said that the Reservoir levels for water supply for the City of Pittsfield has now reached the first triggering level for water conservation. With this being the case, the City of Pittsfield and Department of Public Services and Utilities has decided to enact a State of Water Supply Conservation to ensure an adequate water supply for fire protection and emergency response.

Stage 1 of the city’s drought management plan, which is voluntary and targets general outdoor related water usage, will begin on Wednesday (Aug.26).

While Stage 1 of our water conservation plan is voluntary in nature, we hope the community adheres to the restrictions which are intended to conserve the water capacity throughout our city, slowing down or avoiding a move toward a mandatory restriction. ~ Department of Public Services Commissioner Ricardo Morales

 

Restricted activities include:

• Outside water use in general
• Watering lawns and gardens
• Washing vehicles
• Filling swimming pools

These activities are permitted before 7 a.m. and after 7 p.m. and are limited to alternate days. Addresses ending in even numbers may water on even days of the month. Addresses ending in odd numbers may water on odd days of the month.

For more information, please contact the Department of Public Services and Utilities at 413-499-9330 or email dpw@cityofpittsfield.org.

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