Urgent Outdoor Watering Restrictions

Urgent Notice 2021.06.11

Mandatory Alternate Day Outdoor Watering 

Press Release - DPW Declares Water Supply Conservation for Wellesley effective May 26, 2021

The Department of Public Work is requiring all Wellesley water customers to follow an alternate day outdoor watering schedule. This mandatory water conservation effort is due to a reduction in the water supplied to our community and a lack of rain. 

Effective immediately: 

  • Outdoor landscaping and lawns may only be watered on an every-other-day cycle based on odd/even street addresses.
  • Outdoor watering may only be done before 9 a.m. and after 5 p.m. Daytime watering is prohibited. OddEven

Water in Wellesley is safe but in limited supply since the Morses Pond water treatment facility is currently offline due to tests that showed higher than approved levels of PFAS chemicals. Water is currently being provided to Wellesley households from the Town's other treatment plants, and the Massachusetts Water Resources Authority (MWRA) Quabbin and Wachusett reservoirs. This water meets all MassDEP water quality standards. 

Additional Recommendations:

  • Reduce automatic irrigation system watering by 20%
  • Follow Natural Resources Commission recommendations for heathy lawns  Click here
  • Fix water leaks.  Here are the common culprits:
    • Irrigation systems
    • Faucets
    • Showerheads
    • Toilets

For more information on general water conservation see the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Water Sense Program

Email us at dpw@wellesleyma.gov with any questions.  Thank you!