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Massachusetts Water Resources Authority
PRESS RELEASE

Updated:

Posted:

March 1, 2017

August 19, 2016

Contact:

Ria Convery
(617) 788-1105, Ria.Convery@mwra.com


MWRA Urges Water Conservation

MWRA Every Drop Counts Conserve Water

Update March 1, 2017

The Quabbin Reservoir remains at Below Normal status for this time of year, at 81.1%. Quabbin storage dropped from Normal to Below Normal status in mid November, 2016. While no mandatory restrictions are in place, MWRA continues to urge consumers to use water wisely. Please see links to water conservation tips below.

Update February 1, 2017

The Quabbin Reservoir remains at Below Normal status for this time of year, at 79.9%. Quabbin storage has hovered at around 79% since it dropped from Normal to Below Normal status in mid November, 2016. While no mandatory restrictions are in place, MWRA continues to urge consumers to use water wisely. Please see links to water conservation tips below.

Update January 20, 2017

The Quabbin Reservoir remains at Below Normal status for this time of year, at 79.8%. Quabbin storage has hovered at around 79% since it dropped from Normal to Below Normal status in mid November, 2016. While no mandatory restrictions are in place, MWRA urges consumers to use water wisely. Please see links to water conservation tips below.

Update November 15, 2016

As a result of the ongoing drought conditions, on November 12, 2016, the Quabbin Reservoir dipped into the “Below Normal” operating range.

There are no mandatory restrictions associated with “Below Normal” levels at Quabbin and there is still a long way to go before we get down to the “Drought Warning” stage at 65% full. Still, it is important that residents and businesses in our member communities save water wherever they can.

MWRA communities which supply a portion of the water from local supplies ("partially-supplied communities") may have mandatory restrictions; customers should check with their local water department.

Water Conservation Tips

We know that conservation works. Over the last 30 years, customers in the MWRA service area have reduced their average daily demand from 340 million gallons per day in 1980 to about 200 million gallons. It is important that these conservation efforts continue - especially during dry periods such as this.

Our website has many tips on how to save water indoors and outdoors to share with your residential customers.

For information about water conservation for businesses and public facilities, visit our pages on water efficiency for commercial buildings, hospitals and restaurants.

In addition, we have indoor and outdoor conservation brochures, as well as low-flow replacement aerators for kitchen and bathroom faucets, and low-flow shower heads, which we provide to our customers free of charge. If you would like any of these materials, please click here.

For more information on how to conserve water, call the MWRA’s water conservation line at (617) 242-SAVE.

MWRA Partially-Supplied Water Service Communities

The communities below receive a part of their water supplies from MWRA. If you live in a partially-supplied community, you should check with your local water department to see if your city or town has mandatory water restrictions in place.

Bedford

Cambridge (only in emergencies)

Canton

Dedham

Marlborough

Needham

Northborough

Peabody

Stoughton

Wakefield

Wellesley

Westwood

Wilmington

Winchester

Woburn

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Updated March 1, 2017
Original Post: August 19, 2016