Taunton Water Department’s Non-essential Water Use Restrictions Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Water Restriction FAQ's
FAQ's about Taunton's Water Restrictions

Taunton Water Department’s Non-essential Water Use Restrictions

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Q: Why does a streamflow gauge in Bridgewater impact water restrictions in Taunton, particularly since Taunton’s water supply is located in Lakeville?

A: The streamflow gauge is located on the Taunton River in Bridgewater, just downstream of where the Nemasket River empties. The flow in the Nemasket River, which begins at the Assawompset Pond in Lakeville, is directly impacted by the Taunton Water Division’s withdrawal activities. Declining streamflow in the Taunton River indicates the feeder ponds falling below full capacity, which can impact the water available for public use. Multiple public water systems in this region monitor the same streamflow gauge for permit compliance.

Q: Why are the restrictions in place now, and how is it known they’ll be needed until September 30?

A: The restrictions were triggered when the streamflow fell below the minimum target. Historical patterns indicate this condition will persist through summer, with increased demand on the water supply. Rain events tend to only increase streamflow for a day or two, then recede. For this reason, once restrictions are implemented they stay in place until the end of the permit monitoring period, which is September 30 of each calendar year.

Q: I pay my water bill; why can’t I use my water any way I want?

A: Customers will continue to only be charged for the water they use; reduced usage will result in reduced charges. The state mandates that Taunton impose these seasonal non-essential outdoor water restrictions as a condition of retaining the right to draw source water. The Taunton Water Division is safeguarding its consumers’ precious water resource by complying with the regulatory requirements which allow for continued withdrawal permitting.

Q: Is use of outdoor water toys (sliding mats, sprinklers, etc.) allowed to keep cool on hot days?

A: Yes; conservatively, please. The City understands these activities contribute to quality of life during the summer season. We ask that you please be mindful of turning off taps, spigots, and sprinklers when not in use for personal comfort reasons. In lieu of running water, if you have reasonable access to a swimming pool, please choose that option when available. Pools may be filled before 9 a.m. and after 5 p.m. every day of the week.

Q: Why are outdoor water parks, like the splash pad at Hopewell Park, allowed to operate without restrictions?

A: The restrictions are only on non-essential outdoor water use, and do not apply to the core functions of a businesses.

We hope this information is helpful to City residents in understanding the water restrictions current in place until September 30, 2022.

Any further questions may be directed to the Water Department at 508-821-1045.