Conserving Water & Water Facts

Water Use Restrictions
The Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection, through WATER WITHDRAWAL PERMIT No. 9P-2-08-097.01, implemented a seasonal restriction on nonessential outdoor water use effective May 12, 2015 for the City of Fitchburg. The restriction is based on the summer time flow of the North Nashua River as measured at USGS flow gage No. 0109440 located at Fitchburg, MA.

Terms of the Restriction
  • No nonessential outdoor water use shall occur between the hours of 9 am and 5 pm.
  • Nonessential water use is defined as follows:
    • Irrigation of lawns via sprinklers or automatic irrigation systems
    • Washing of vehicles, except in a commercial car wash or as necessary for operator safety.
    • Washing of exterior building surfaces, parking lots, and driveways.
  • This restriction will remain in effect until such time as the flow in the North Nashua River meets or exceeds 24 cubic feet per second for a period of seven (7) consecutive days or September 30th, which ever occurs first. The restrictions imposed by this order are related to stream flows that have been determined to protect aquatic habitat. They are not, at this time, related to reservoir levels or the ability to provide adequate water to City of Fitchburg Water Division Customers.
Violations of the Restriction
Per City of Fitchburg Code chapter 177 section 28: Any person found in violation of this restriction may be fined in accordance with the following schedule:
  • First offense $150
  • Second offense $200
  • Third and subsequent offenses $300
Questions regarding this notice and restriction should be directed to the City of Fitchburg Water Division at 978-345-9616.

Water, Water, Everywhere
Facts About Water
  • Water can be liquid, solid or gas
  • Only 1% of the Earth's water is drinkable, 97% is located in the oceans and the other 2% is currently frozen
  • Water boils at 212 degrees Fahrenheit and freezes at 32 degrees Fahrenheit
  • About two thirds of the human body is water
  • Water is healthy. It has no fat, cholesterol or calories! Drink up!!
  • You can survive about a month without food, but only 5 -7 days without water
  • Each person uses about 75 gallons of water a day at home
Ways to Conserve Our Valuable Resource
  • Check for Leaks
    Make sure no water is running and check the meter in your basement. If it is moving, you've got a leak somewhere. Toilet leaks are very common and a leaky toilet could equal 100 gallons of water a day.
  • Only wash full loads in your washer and dishwasher
  • Turn off the faucet while brushing your teeth
    A running faucet while brushing uses 10 gallons. Wetting the brush and then rinsing briefly uses only 4 gallons.
  • Water your garden when the sun goes down and use recycled water
    Watering at night or in early morning will minimize evaporation. Catching rainwater and reusing it to water will help conserve too.
  • Don't use the hose to clean your walkways
    By using a broom and not the hose to clean the driveway and sidewalk will save 25 gallons of water in a five minute period.
  • Use the wastebasket not the toilet for trash
    Flushing Kleenex, trash tidbits or squashed bugs will waste 5 - 7 gallons of water per flush
Following these tips will not only help conserve water, but will save you money on your water bill.