Water Conservation Restrictions

Current Water Conservation Status: Tier 4 - All nonessential outdoor water use is prohibited, effective May 5, 2022

Due to an emergency equipment repair at Well #6, we have had to take the well offline. As a result, the Department of Public Works has declared an immediate Tier 4 water restriction: nonessential outdoor water use, except by handheld hose, is prohibited. 

We anticipate completing the repairs within 2 to 4 weeks and will continue to provide updates. 

Thank you for your cooperation and understanding. If you have any questions, please contact the Water Department at 508-906-3004 or by email to mgoulet@medfield.net 

The Town has five active water wells: 

  • Wells 1 and 2, located along the Charles River off Route 109
  • Wells 3 and 4, located off Elm Street, behind the Wheelock School. The Town is currently building a new water treatment plant to treat manganese at Wells 3 and 4. The project also includes establishing a new Well 3A to replace the existing Well 3 which is failing. 
  • Well 6, located off Route 27 near the Sherborn Town Line. Well 6 is the Town's highest producing well

In 2021, Well 6 pumped approximately 53% of the Town's total water supply. In 2020, it pumped approximately 55% of the total. 

Information about Water Restrictions:

When elevated restrictions are in place, nonessential outdoor water uses that are subject to mandatory restrictions include: 

  • Irrigation of lawns via sprinklers or automatic irrigation systems; 
  • Washing of vehicles, except in a commercial car wash or as necessary for operator safety; 
  • Washing of exterior building surfaces, parking lots, driveways or sidewalks, except as necessary to apply surface treatments such as paint, preservatives, stucco, 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 by means of automatic sprinklers outside the hours of 9am to 5pm; 
  • Irrigation of lawns, gardens, flowers and ornamental plants 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; 
  • To meet the core functions of a business (for example, irrigation by plant nurseries as necessary to maintain stock).