Water Conservation Restrictions

Current Restriction: Medfield Tier 2 Water Conservation Restriction

  • Nonessential water use allowed every other day, before 9 am or after 5 pm. 
  • Even numbered addresses will be allowed nonessential water use on even numbered calendar days. 
  • Odd numbered addresses will be allowed nonessential water use on odd numbered calendar days. 

On Friday, April 9, 2021 the Massachusetts Drought Management Task Force declared a Level 2 Significant Drought for the Southeast Region, which includes Medfield. After this drought declaration, the Board of Water and Sewerage recommended that the Board of Selectmen adopt a Tier 2 water restriction. The Board of Selectmen accepted this recommendation at their meeting on Tuesday, April 20. 

The statewide drought status map can be found here: https://www.mass.gov/info-details/drought-status

Residents are asked to visit the town’s website frequently for updates regarding potential water conservation restrictions.

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).