Town officials urge residents to restrict water use in Hadley

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Staff Writer 
Published: 6/11/2021 2:09:00 PM

HADLEY — Hadley residents are being asked to reduce their water consumption under voluntary restrictions issued by the Department of Public Works.

In a letter to users on the town system from DPW Director Chris Okafor, two steps are underway to cut water use to get into compliance with a permit issued by the state’s Department of Environmental Protection.

First, an odd and even outdoor watering rule is in place in which homeowners and residents with odd-numbered addresses should restrict outdoor watering to odd-numbered days, and even-numbered addresses can water on even-numbered days.

Second, swimming pools should not be filled until the high-water demand is over.

A mandatory water restriction could be implemented if the voluntary ban is not successful.

Select Board Chairman David J. Fill II wrote on his official Facebook page that the permit allows the town to pump 830,000 gallons per day from the Callahan Wells on Bay Road, but when the town exceeds 920,000 gallons per day for five consecutive days, it is required to ask residents to limit their water use.

The voluntary restrictions, which don’t apply to residential customers on wells and most agricultural users, are in place until further notice. Anyone with questions should contact the DPW at 586-8756 or


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