Amherst could implement water use restrictions this fall

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Staff Writer
Published: 9/6/2021 9:34:02 AM

AMHERST — Residents, businesses and institutions that depend on municipal water could be asked to reduce use on certain days and in cases of emergencies this fall.

With Amherst doing ongoing equipment maintenance that includes rehabilitation of the treatment facility at Well #4, there could be constraints on the town’s ability to treat to some of its water sources.

Town Manager Paul Bockelman said Well #4 is expected to be back online by November.

Amherst continues to have an abundant supply of water, but it’s possible that there may be times during  September or early October,  the peak demand months, where the water system could be strained.

Amherst College, Hampshire College and the University of Massachusetts have already stepped up and stated they are willing to take steps to reduce water usage, mostly through curtailing irrigation

If needed, the town could ask the public to eliminate certain activities, such as watering lawns, washing vehicles, using power washers and filling swimming pools.

Notifications will be issued if water restrictions are imposed.

Meantime, the Centennial Water Treatment Plant in Pelham, which is going to be rebuilt in the coming years, is in the engineering and design phase.

Scott Merzbach can be reached at smerzbach@gazettenet.com.


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