Sweetser ParkIn response to the recent hot weather, which has already pushed July to the highest consumption rate for that month in five years, Amherst will institute water restrictions to deal with the current drought starting tomorrow morning at 8:00 am.
The town has already fired up Well 4 which normally does not occur for another month in preparation for the return of our college aged youth which spikes demand for the month of September.
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Phase 1 for now is "voluntary": watering of lawns are now on an every other day odd/even schedule according to house numbers but only before 9 am after 6 pm.
Cars also can be washed but only with those same time restrictions. And no filling of swimming pools. Farms are exempt as are the municipal pools.
Phase 2 would be "mandatory" restrictions and could come via a state mandate.