On June 21, 2022, the Yarmouth Board of Selectmen approved a Water Conservation Policy for the Town of Yarmouth. This policy was adopted to ensure that adequate water is available to meet the public health and safety needs of the Town by reducing non-essential outdoor water uses in the Town. Under normal conditions, the policy requests that customers voluntarily follow an odd/even schedule for in-ground irrigation systems. The policy outlines the various triggers that may result in additional restrictions based on available water supply, current system demands and drought levels. The full policy can be found in the "Water Conservation Documents" section below. You can learn more about the need for water conservation by reviewing the presentation materials in that section, or listening in on the discussion with Yarmouth staff in the YouTube video below.
On Tuesday August 9, the Massachusetts Drought Management Taskforce declared a Level 2 or Significant Drought for all of Cape Cod. In addition, the water system is experiencing extremely high demands, while operating under reduced capacity due to three wells being offline due to PFAS contamination.
For more information from the Massachusetts Drought Management Taskforce visit: https://www.mass.gov/info-details/drought-status.
Therefore, our current water conservation level is: LEVEL 2: Significant Drought
Therefore the current conservation measures are:
Private irrigation wells are not required to follow the water conservation measures, however, please remember that irrigation wells are taking water from the same aquifer as Yarmouth’s drinking water wells, so please water wisely!