What triggers a Seasonal Water Conservation Advisory?
A Seasonal Water Conservation Advisory automatically goes into effect from May 1st through September 30th each year. This Advisory corresponds to the time of year where we have historically observed increased water system demands, mostly attributed to outdoor, seasonal water use. These dates also correspond to seasonally applied water conservation-based rates for residential customers.

During this time, we ask all customers to be mindful of their outdoor water use needs and activities by adopting best management practices. These efforts, if successful, will help preserve our natural water resources and will extend the period of time before more serious restrictions may need to be imposed. Concord’s Advisory level corresponds generally to ‘Normal’ or ‘Advisory’ levels as defined within the Massachusetts Drought Management Plan.

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1. How does the Town determine the level of Water Use Restriction?
2. What authority does the Town have to implement Water Use Restrictions?
3. How do I find out the present level of Water Use Restrictions?
4. How are customers notified of changes made to Water Use Restrictions?
5. Why is watering restricted to certain times of day?
6. How do I determine my watering day?
7. What triggers a Seasonal Water Conservation Advisory?
8. What triggers a Lawn Watering Restriction?
9. What triggers a Lawn Watering Ban?
10. What triggers a Water Supply Emergency?
11. Why just restrict lawn and turf watering?
12. What about gardens, flower beds, and trees?
13. What about watering new lawns and landscaping?
14. I’m not home and I cannot adjust my irrigation system controller. What should I do?
15. Can I wash my car, truck, or boat during lawn watering restrictions or bans?
16. Can I hose down my house, driveway, deck, fence or other outdoor surface during lawn watering restrictions or bans?
17. Can I pressure wash my house, driveway, deck fence or other outdoor surface during lawn watering restrictions or bans?
18. My fertilizer/pesticide/herbicide application requires watering outside my designated watering time. What should I do?
19. I am not connected to the municipal water supply. I use a private well or other water source for lawn watering. Do the water use restrictions apply to me?
20. How does restricting lawn watering help address the water shortage?
21. Why are recreational fields exempt from the restrictions?
22. My neighbor is not using water in accordance with the water use restrictions. How do I report this offence?
23. How does the Town of Concord enforce the water use restrictions?
24. How much water is saved by implementing water conservation measures?