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Weekly Question: Are Wayland's Water Ban Enforcements Strict Enough?

We're talking about turning off the water and the consequences for not following the rules.

Wayland has been under an odd/even water ban since July 2. The ban means "outdoor watering by water users with odd numbered addresses is restricted to odd numbered days. Outdoor watering by water users with even numbered addresses is restricted to even numbered days."

In addition, the Board of Public Works requests that people water no more than twice a week.

Even on scheduled watering days, watering for above ground and underground sprinklers must be done between the hours of 7 p.m. and 7 a.m. At this time, handheld hose watering isn't restricted.

But what does enforcement of this ban practically look like?

This week's question is more topical than it is a single question. What are your thoughts/feelings about water bans and their enforcement? Do neighbors have an obligation or responsibility to report violators of the ban? Are the repercussions strict enough:

  • First offense: A written reprimand.
  • Second offense: A $100 and written notification that an additional violation could mean termination of water service and a charge to reconnect the service.
  • Third and subsequent offenses: Termination of water service and "a reconnection fee of $275 during normal business hours, or reconnection fee of $275 plus overtime fee of $200 after normal working hours" according to the town bylaws.

So what are your thoughts on Wayland's water ban and its enforcement?

Anna Laura Rosow July 19, 2012 at 11:51 AM
The Water Police? Perhaps we should consider curbing development to protect our water supply...
Stephanie July 19, 2012 at 02:46 PM
I didn't even know there was a water ban, so the town should definitely do a better job getting that info out.
Brooklyn Lowery (Editor) July 19, 2012 at 02:50 PM
That's a really interesting point, Stephanie. A notice is posted under the DPW page on the town website, and I saw a flashing sign at Five Paths. I normally receive notification of these, but did not in this case. Just stumbled upon it myself.
Katrien Vander Straeten July 19, 2012 at 04:55 PM
The town should at least and first of all educate residents about our water situation, and about why a water ban is necessary. Most people look at the lakes and the ponds and wetlands and assume there is an abundance of drinking water. There isn't. First educate, then you won't need to ban or regulate because people will get it and take responsibility. (That's my hope, anyway :)
Eric July 24, 2012 at 10:33 AM
All the more reason to stock up on a rain barrel or two. They'll pay for themselves over time in saved water utility costs, and they're an ecological positive.

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