Foxborough in Level 3 Critical Drought
Posted on 08/10/2022
Foxborough in Level 3 Critical Drought

The Town of Foxborough, along with entire Southeast Region of Massachusetts, has been upgraded to a Level 3-Critical Drought by the Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs earlier this week. 

“With the majority of the state now experiencing a Level-3-Critical Drought, it is incredibly important that we all practice water conservation and adhere to local requirements and recommendations in order avoid over stressing our water resources,” said Energy and Environmental Affairs Secretary Beth Card. “Efforts to minimize water usage now will help our water systems to rebound more quickly, and ensure that essential public health, safety and environmental needs continue to be met.”

           Mass. Drought Status Map 8.9.22
At the present time, Foxborough Water Department is allowed to let our residents water with automatic lawn sprinklers twice a week.  Odd-numbered homes on Monday and Thursdays between 6:00 p.m. and 9:00 p.m.  Even numbered homes on Tuesdays and Fridays between 6:00 p.m. and 9:00 p.m. 

Yes, unfortunately that means no use of sprinklers on Wednesdays, Saturdays, or Sundays. However, watering of flowers and vegetables is allowed using hand held hoses every day before 9:00 a.m. and after 5:00 p.m.

Tips for how you can help conserve water for Foxborough include:

Water Conservation Tips

Water withdrawals are regulated my MassDEP by what is known as a Water Management Act Permit. The latest permit in Foxborough is WMA Permit #9P419099.01.  This permit requires the Foxborough Department to enact water conservation measures, that is watering restrictions.

There is something important to note. If Residential water use is greater than 65 gallons per person per day, as reported on a statically report, MassDEP automatically will make next year’s water restrictions more severe.  These restrictions can include a complete out door water ban.

Please remember water restrictions are determined for the Foxborough Water Department, by MassDEP, and are not caused by any supply issues.
Read the full press release from the Department of Energy and Environmental Affairs here