HINGHAM, MA. – With temperatures on the rise and no substantial rain in sight, Aquarion Water company reminds residents in Hingham, Hull and North Cohasset there is a mandatory irrigation schedule in place that limits the use of sprinklers and irrigation systems.
Aquarion collects daily precipitation and water production information and prepares a statistical summary every month. The information for May 2020 indicates that water demands are at their highest level in the month of May since 2016 and the Company urges residents to adhere to the irrigation schedule that is in place. While the area saw more than 9 inches of rain in April, less than 3.5 inches of rain fell in May. At the same time, water usage in May spiked to its highest level since May of 2016 as customers used an average of 3.51 million gallons per day, compared to just 2.74 million gallons per day in May 2019 and 3.30 MGD in May of 2018. Precipitation and water production information for the first 2 weeks of June 2020 tells the same story.
The Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (MassDEP) regulates how much water public and private water systems can withdraw each year. In the case of this system, which serves Hingham, Hull, and a small part of Cohasset, all of the water is withdrawn from the Weir River watershed basin, which is considered a stressed basin by the MassDEP.
Aquarion customers should use the following irrigation schedule – Households with an even number street address may irrigate on Sunday and Wednesday from 12:01 am to 10 am or 6 pm to Midnight. Those who have an odd number street address may irrigate on Saturday and Tuesday during those same hours. Watering with a handheld hose is permitted anytime.