Water Conservation

Level 2 Significant Drought 

Conserve water MA

(UPDATED: July 22, 2022) 

This is a message from Longmeadow Emergency Management and Department of Public Works. Our region is experiencing very dry conditions and has been elevated to a Level Two Significant Drought. During the last several days we have seen impacts on our municipal water system due to excessive demand for water. This is primarily due to irrigation of lawns. 

Longmeadow does not have an unlimited supply of water. Our water comes from Springfield and is stored in our water tank. With excessive use, the water tank drops to a low level causing a less than desirable situation. The supply from Springfield cannot keep up with this amount of consumption. We always try to maintain a certain surplus of water in the tank primarily for firefighting. In the last few days we have come very close to not maintaining this surplus. We have seen these impacts particularly during early morning irrigation. 

We are asking residents to engage in voluntary water conservation by odd number homes watering on odd number day and even number homes watering on even number days. At this time compliance is voluntary and if we all work together we can get through this dry time.drought-status-map-2022-7-21

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Know What Each Drought Level Means

Longmeadow is currently in a Level 2- Significant Drought.  If conditions continue, a Level 3-Critical Drought is possible for Longmeadow

Drought Level 3

Efficient Lawn Watering

Summer lawn watering creates large demands on local water utilities. Water supply treatment and storage facilities are often built 2, 3 and even 4 times larger to supply additional demands created by lawn watering. This extra capacity is not used most of the year and adds significant costs to the design, construction and operation of a water system. Water users and communities can save money by using water more efficiently. These water efficient lawn watering practices can help maintain a beautiful yard and conserve valuable water supplies.

Water is a precious resource in our environment. We have no choice but to pay more attention to how we are using water, and how we may be wasting it. The Town of Longmeadow is trying to bridge the gap between our understanding of how important water is and what we can do to ensure that we have an adequate supply of clean water for years to come.

You are in control, so try to do 1 thing each day to save water no matter how small and make sure your children are aware of the need to conserve water.

Tips for Saving Water
  1. General Tips
  2. When to Water
  3. Best Times to Water
  4. Automatic Watering
  5. Restrictions
  6. Landscaping Tips
  • Adjust sprinklers to water only grass areas and not impervious surfaces such as streets, driveways and walkways.
  • Keep your mower blades sharp so they don’t tear the grass. Mow grass to a height of 2 1/2 to 3 inches. Taller grass shades the roots and soil surface, which helps reduce the amount of water that is lost to evaporation.
  • Use sprinklers that spray low large drops versus high fine ones.
  • Use hand-held soakers for small trees, shrubs and plants.
  • Use shut off nozzles on hoses and repair leaky hoses and fittings.