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Pittsfield Implementing Mandatory Water Restrictions
04:05PM / Monday, September 14, 2020
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The city's Cleveland Brook Reservoir has dropped by 8 feet.

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Pittsfield is implementing mandatory water restrictions beginning Wednesday, Sept. 16.
 
Reservoir levels have dropped below 8 feet during the nearly two weeks since the administration warned that Stage 2 restrictions would be put into effect. 
 
The state has been in a Level 2 drought condition since the end of August because rainfall has been below normal for more than four months. There is an elevated fire risk warning in effect Monday. 
 
Under Stage 2, restricted activities include outside water use in general, watering lawns and gardens, washing vehicles, and filling swimming pools.
 
These activities are only permitted before 7 a.m. and after 7 p.m. and are limited to alternate days. Addresses ending in even numbers may water on even days of the month. Addresses ending in odd numbers may water on odd days of the month.
 
Be aware that these restrictions will be enforced by the Department of Public Services and Utilities and will include fines for violations. These include a written warning for the first violation; a $50 fine for the second violation; and $300 for subsequent violations.
 
"Over the last month, we have noticed the positive impact voluntary water conservation has had on our reservoirs by slowing down the decline. That said, we have to initiate mandatory restrictions to continue conservation efforts," said Commissioner Ricardo Morales of the Department of Public Services and Utilities. "With these measures in place, the goal is to further slow the decline and ensure adequate water supply."
 
For more information, contact the Department of Public Services and Utilities at 413-499-9330 or email dpw@cityofpittsfield.org.
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