As the heat continues to bear down on Massachusetts, water customers in Hingham, Hull, and part of Cohasset will have to start conserving more water.
Mandatory water restrictions have been imposed on customers served by Aquarion Water Co., which supplies water to the district.
“This action is being taken because recent, hot, dry weather has resulted in a high demand for water,” an Aquarion press release said.
Voluntary restrictions had been issued on July 8. Though there was enough water in the aquifer and reservoirs to meet demand, the pipes leading from those sources to the water treatment plant weren’t big enough to transport enough water.
Those restrictions have been upgraded to mandatory, due to high consumption levels, officials said.
Under the restrictions, water use for irrigation systems and sprinklers can be used only on odd-numbered days for odd-numbered houses, and on even-numbered days for even-numbered houses.
On permitted days, residents can water before 10 a.m. or after 6 p.m. Hand-held hoses are allowed at any time.
The restrictions come with stringent penalties for residents who don't follow the restrictions. Violators are first given a written warning. Subsequent violations could lead to shutting off water service, with restoration fees ranging from $49 to $249.
To help keep grass green without excessive watering, Aquarion officials recommended residents allow grass to grow longer so that it shades itself; to avoid irrigation falling on paved areas; and to use brooms instead of water to clean decks, driveways, and sidewalks.