Water Conservation

On June 21, 2022, the Yarmouth Board of Selectmen approved a Water Conservation Policy for the Town of Yarmouth.  This policy was adopted to ensure that adequate water is available to meet the public health and safety needs of the Town by reducing non-essential outdoor water uses in the Town.  Under normal conditions, the policy requests that customers voluntarily follow an odd/even schedule for in-ground irrigation systems.  The policy outlines the various triggers that may result in additional restrictions based on available water supply, current system demands and drought levels.  The full policy can be found in the "Water Conservation Documents" section below.  You can learn more about the need for water conservation by reviewing the presentation materials in that section, or listening in on the discussion with Yarmouth staff in the YouTube video below.

For more information from the Massachusetts Drought Management Taskforce visit: https://www.mass.gov/info-details/drought-status.

Our current water conservation level is: LEVEL 0: Normal

Therefore, the current MANDATORY conservation measures are :

Normal Water Conservation Measures

Voluntary Odd Even Means:

  • Odd Numbered Homes can water Monday, Wednesday, Friday
  • Even Numbered Homes can water Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday
  • No watering on Sunday
  • All watering before 9 am or after 5 pm.

Private irrigation wells are not required to follow the water conservation measures, however, please remember that irrigation wells are taking water from the same aquifer as Yarmouth’s drinking water wells, so please water wisely!  

More Ways to Save Water at Home!

The Yarmouth Water Department has teamed with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA’s) WaterSense program to help consumers and businesses save water for future generations and reduce costs on their utility bills. WaterSense aims to decrease indoor and outdoor water use through water-efficient products and water-saving practices. The program encourages customers to look for WaterSense labeled products, which are independently certified to use 20 percent less water and perform as well as or better than standard models.  WaterSense also promotes water-saving techniques and practices that reduce stress on water supplies.

Water Sense Labeled Fixtures

The average family can save nearly 38,000 gallons of water per year by retrofitting its home with WaterSense labeled fixtures and ENERGY STAR® qualified appliances. If every home in the United States upgraded to WaterSense labeled fixtures and ENERGY STAR qualified appliances, we could save nearly 4 trillion gallons of water and nearly $40 billion in water costs across the country annually.

Identifying Water Leaks

Another important part of the WaterSense program is helping consumers identify and repair water leaks in their homes or businesses.  The average household's leaks can account for nearly 10,000 gallons of water wasted every year and ten percent of homes have leaks that waste 90 gallons or more per day.  So take a few minutes to check for leaks in your home today!  Step by step how-tos for checking for leaks in toilets, faucets, showerheads and outdoor irrigation can be found here:  https://www.epa.gov/watersense/fix-leak-week

Monitor Usage through the Customer Portal

Another way to conserve water is by monitoring your water usage through the Customer Portal!  Click here for more information!

Not sure what to do?  You can always call our office at 508-771-7921 for more information!

10 Minutes and you could save water and money!