On August 13th, the Cape and Islands were classified as a Level 2 - Significant Drought. This determination was based on soil moisture content, the lack of rainfall and the dry conditions observed throughout the area. Our historical data would suggest that the aquifer is presently operating at the same characteristics as in the past. While this is good news, we believe in proactive decisions, resource management and conservation. It is for this reason that we remind you of the Voluntary Water Conservation Measures in place from May to September. The recommended and Voluntary Water Conservation Measures consist of:
- · Watering of lawns is limited to odd / even days (based on house address) between the hours of 7:00 p.m. and 7:00 am.
- · Washing of sidewalks, patios and driveways is prohibited (excluding businesses for health / safety reasons)
- · Pistol-grip nozzles are to be used on all hoses used for washing cars and on hoses at dockside facilities.
- · Restaurants may serve water upon request of the patron.
The Edgartown Water Department monitors the condition of the aquifer on a daily basis. This information is then examined for trends that indicate the water availability and potential well production. This information is also compared to historical data. At present, all operations within the Water Department are normal, with the aquifer in the same condition as years past. Should we recognize a trending pattern that would suggest a diminishing water supply, we will inform the public and advise accordingly.
Any questions may be directed to William R. Chapman - Water Superintendent at 508-627-4717.
Water Conservation Tips
Here are just a few examples of how you can save water:
- Do not over water your lawn.
- Water plants with handheld hose or water can. If you do use a sprinkler for outdoor watering, make sure to position it properly to avoid watering sidewalks or drive ways.
- Water your lawn in the early morning or evening to avoid excess evaporation.
- If you have a swimming pool, use a cover. You can cut by 90 percent the loss of water by evaporation.
- Use a broom instead of a hose to clean walkways.
- Turn the water off when brushing your teeth or shaving.
- Take showers instead of baths.
- Make sure you have a full load before running your dishwasher or clothes washer.
- Fix leaking faucets and toilets. A leak of one drop per second can waste up to 2,400 gallons per year, and a leaky toilet can waste as much as 200 gallons per day.
- Install water saving fixtures and toilets.
It is easy to practice water conservation; just think before you turn on the tap. Besides preserving one of our natural resources, water conservation can also cause a significant decrease in your water bill.