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Outdoor Watering Restrictions

Outdoor Water Use Restriction Update (updated 9/29/20)

Due to the ongoing dry weather, the state and regional drought classifications (significant and severe respectively) and impacts of PFAS causing some sources to be unavailable, the seasonal outdoor water use restrictions will remain in place after October 1st until further notice. 

This includes the ban on lawn irrigation for above ground sprinklers and automated inground irrigation systems.  We are allowing one day per week for HAND WATERING (must be a spring loaded shut off nozzle) of new lawns and repairs only.  We ask that all customers limit non-essential outdoor water uses such as washing cars, power washing, construction related activities, and watering of gardens to one day per week to assist with our water conservation efforts.

Any violations will be subject to a fine of up to $200 per incident. We thank you for your cooperation and any water conservation efforts that you observe.  Updates on the status of our outdoor water use restrictions in the imminent future will be communicated on our website, through our WaterSmart program, and via Twitter @ActonWater.

This is also a good reminder to check your irrigation system and outdoor water systems for leaks, broken heads, and inefficient spray.  Since automated systems continue to be restricted at this time, early winterization of these systems and any needed maintenance should occur in the coming weeks.  Any property that is observed not following the ongoing restrictions is subject to fines up to $200 per offense.  Do not depend solely on your contractor to properly manage your controller.

Thank you for your continued assistance and cooperation in using Acton’s water resources wisely.  It takes the entire community to enable a safe, sufficient, and reliable supply of water.

For additional information on local hydrological conditions and weekly drought status updates, please visit these links:

Local Groundwater Level Monitoring
Local Stream Gauge Monitoring
Massachusetts Drought Management Task Force

United States Drought Monitor



  • Those of you with even numbered addresses may use water outdoors on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays.
  • Those of you with odd numbered addresses may use water outdoors on Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays.
  • No lawn watering may occur between 7:00 AM and 7:00 PM. (Watering mid-day wastes water to evaporation.)
  • No outdoor usage will be allowed on Mondays.