Attleboro water ban goes into effect Wednesday morning

ATTLEBORO, M.A. (WLNE) — The city of Attleboro will be under a water ban starting Wednesday morning at 8am.

Residents will no longer be allowed to use water outdoors, which means watering lawns and plants, washing cars, and hosing down driveways could lead to fines.

This is all because Southeastern Massachusetts remains in a critical drought, after 5 months of below-average rainfall.

According to the Massachusetts Department of Energy and Environmental Affairs, all cities and towns in the Southeastern part of the state are required to ban outdoor water use. Attleboro is just one of a few cities to publicly come out and say they’ll enforce it.

Violators who are caught using water outdoors will face a $25 dollar fine for their first offense, a $50 fine for their second offense, or a $200 fine for their third offense.

“We’re not in terrible shape compared to the rest of the region,” said mayor Paul Heroux.

“However, we don’t want to be in a position where we are in dire straits and have to get water from another community,” Heroux explained.

Last weekend’s rain was not enough to bring the region out of the Level 3 – Critical Drought phase.

As of now, there is no set end date to the water ban in Attleboro.

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