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10. Seasonal Limits on Nonessential Outdoor Water Use
The District shall limit nonessential outdoor water use through mandatory restrictions from May 1 through September 30 as outlined in Table 3. To the extent feasible all summer outdoor water use should take place before 9 am and after 5 pm when evaporation and evapotranspiration rates are lower.

TABLE 3:

North Raynham Water District Seasonal Limits on Nonessential Outdoor Water Use
May 1st to September 30th For Permittees meeting the 65 RGPCD Standard for the preceding year RGPCD < 65 as reported in the ASR and accepted by MassDEP

Calendar Triggered Restrictions

Nonessential outdoor water use is allowed:
    a) Two (2) days per week before 9 am and after 5 pm; and

    b) one (1) day per week before 9 am and after 5 pm,
    when USGS stream gage 01108000 - Taunton River at Bridgewater, MA falls below 47 cfs for three (3) consecutive days. Once streamflow triggered restrictions are implemented, they shall remain in place until streamflow at the gage meets or exceeds 47 cfs for seven (7) consecutive days.

Streamflow Triggered Restrictions

Nonessential outdoor water use is allowed:
    a) Two (2) days per week before 9 am and after 5 pm
    when USGS stream gage 01108000 - Taunton River at Bridgewater, MA falls below:
    • May 1 - June 30: 265 cfs for three (3) consecutive days
    • July 1 - September 30: 119 cfs for three (3) consecutive days

    b) one (1) day per week before 9 am and after 5 pm
    when USGS stream gage 01108000 - Taunton River at Bridgewater, MA falls below 47 cfs for three (3) consecutive days. Once implemented, the restrictions shall remain in place until streamflow at the gage meets or exceeds the trigger streamflow for seven (7) consecutive days.

    For Permittees NOT meeting the 65 RGPCD standard for the preceding year RGPCD > 65 as reported in the ASR and accepted by MassDEP

    Calendar Triggered Restrictions

    Nonessential outdoor water use is allowed one (1) day per week before 9 am and after 5pm;



    Streamflow Triggered Restrictions

    Nonessential outdoor water use is allowed one (1) day per week before 9 am and after 5 pm when USGS stream gage 01108000 - Taunton River at Bridgewater, MA falls below:
    • May 1 - June 30: 265 cfs for three (3) consecutive days
    • July 1 - September 30: 119 cfs for three (3) consecutive days

    Once implemented, the restrictions shall remain in place until streamflow at the gage meets or exceeds the trigger streamflow for seven (7) consecutive days.


    Restricted Nonessential Outdoor Water Uses
    Nonessential outdoor water uses that are subject to mandatory restrictions include:
    • irrigation of lawns via sprinklers or automatic irrigation systems;
    • filling swimming pools;
    • washing of vehicles, except in a commercial car wash or as necessary for operator safety; and
    • washing of exterior building surfaces, parking lots, driveways or sidewalks, except as necessary to apply surface treatments such as paint, preservatives, pavement or cement.


    The following uses may be allowed when mandatory restrictions are in place:
    • irrigation to establish a new lawn and new plantings during the months of May and September;
    • irrigation of public parks and recreational fields before 9 am and after 5 pm;
    • irrigation of gardens, flowers and ornamental plants by means of a hand-held hose or drip irrigation systems; and
    • irrigation of lawns by means of a hand-held hose.


    Water uses NOT subject to mandatory restrictions are those required:
    • for health or safety reasons;
    • by regulation;
    • for the production of food and fiber;
    • for the maintenance of livestock; or
    • to meet the core functions of a business (for example, irrigation by golf courses as necessary to maintain tees, greens, and minimal fairway watering, or irrigation by plant nurseries as necessary to maintain stock).


    Water Restrictions:
    There are four different phases of watering restrictions which the district mails out in post card format as the need to change restrictions dictates. Please click on the links below.

Watering Restrictions
Phase #1
Phase #2
Phase #3
Phase #4



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