The Town of Amherst asks residents to comply with these restrictions to help address the impacts of drought conditions. This is an urgent situation- water conservation steps taken now will preserve water supplies in coming months should drought conditions continue. The Town has been working closely in partnership with the major institutional users in the community- the University of Massachusetts, Amherst College, and Hampshire College- to reduce overall water consumption. The community is very grateful for this collaborative effort as we enter a new academic year and as our population increases. Temporary Town Manager David Ziomek emphasized, "I'm asking all residents to work together to help the community thorough this difficult period. We all need to do as much as we can to conserve water now, so we have adequate supplies in September and October."
Mandatory water restrictions apply to all residential customers of the Amherst public water system and include the following prohibitions:
1. Watering lawns by any method.
2. Washing cars or trucks at non-commercial vehicle washes.
3. Washing of buildings, sidewalks or patios.
4. Filling of swimming pools.
The following water uses are allowed under these mandatory restrictions:
1. For the production of food and fiber for personal use or commercial sale.
2. For the maintenance of livestock.
3. To meet the core functions of a business (for example, irrigation by plant nurseries as necessary to maintain stock).
4. For health and safety reasons.
The Town is also asking residents to conserve water in a variety of ways, including taking briefer showers, avoiding letting the tap run while brushing teeth or washing dishes, and other simple behavioral changes.