WEYMOUTH, Mass. (WBZ NewsRadio) — Weymouth officials have implemented voluntary water restrictions amidst worsening drought conditions on the South Shore.
The restrictions went into effect Monday after a review of the town's water production revealed an alarming deficit in Weymouth's largest water source, Weymouth Great Pond.
"The last month alone, we dropped over a foot, a foot and a half," said Water Superintendent Frank Sheppard. Weymouth Great Pond's water supply has dropped four feet since the beginning of April, the largest decline in two decades.
The public works department sent a letter to Weymouth residents detailing the restrictions, which include no use of sprinklers and soaker hoses, no use of town water for car washes, and only handheld hoses for outdoor watering between 6 and 9 a.m. and 6 and 9 p.m.
Officials are also urging residents to take shorter showers and wash only full loads of laundry.
Many other South Shore communities have recently instituted their own water restrictions due to the severe drought conditions. Last week, Pembroke declared an emergency water ban because the town's main water well levels are so low.
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