Level 5 Drought Restrictions Activated In Danvers, Mass.

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DANVERS, Mass. (WBZ NewsRadio) — Water restrictions are in effect for residents in Danvers, Mass.

The Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection’s (DEP) Water Management Act regulates water use in communities near highly stressed river basins. The Ipswich River basin, which is used by Danvers residents, was one of the main reasons for the regulation.

Effective on Tuesday, July 9, Danvers fell to Level 5 drought conditions. That means residents are only permitted to water outdoors with handheld hoses and cans between 7:00 P.M. and 8:30 A.M.

“It’s ongoing just about every year and that’s normal,” said one resident.

While watering plants outside a coffee shop during the permitted hours, Cindy said it is not uncommon to see people breaking the rules.

“I think some people are blissfully unaware and then there are other people that will buck the system as much as they can,” said the woman.

Another contentious point of Level 5 restrictions is that residents are not allowed to wash their cars or fill swimming pools. With high temperatures and humidity, many wish they could jump in a pool.

“I can’t imagine not being able to cool off with that kind of recreation. It’s what the kids want, you know,” said another resident.

WBZ NewsRadio's James Rojas (@JamesRojasMMJ) reports.

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