Dedham-Westwood Water District Easing Water Restrictions Monday to Allow Some Outdoor Watering, Two Days Per Week


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Thanks to Dedham-Westwood Water District for contributing this news to Westwood Minute.

Effective Monday, September 26, 2022, the Dedham-Westwood Water District (DWWD) will ease its water use restrictions, allowing customers to water outdoors during three hours in the morning and three hours in the evening, on certain days of the week. 

Instead of the most recent Stage II-A designation, DWWC is implementing lesser water restrictions consistent with a new Stage I-C designation. Recently, the local area has experienced much needed rainfall. However, because the Southeast Region of the Commonwealth is still experiencing a significant drought, these Stage I-C water restrictions, like the Stage II-A restrictions that preceded them, are mandatory.

Beginning Monday, outdoor watering will be allowed on certain days of the week between the hours of 6:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m., and 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. In Westwood, such limited outdoor watering of lawns and with sprinklers is allowed during those hours on Tuesdays and Fridays. In Dedham, such watering is allowed during those hours on Mondays and Thursdays. Lawn watering is generally prohibited on Wednesdays, Saturdays, and Sundays. Handheld hoses may be used for flower and
vegetable gardens without hour or day restrictions. 

Under the Stage II-A restrictions that will be lifted on Monday, handheld watering from a three-gallon watering can had been allowed, but most outdoor watering with a hose or sprinklers had been prohibited, and there was a ban on lawn watering.

The restrictions are being eased this Monday due to the water system’s improved ability to keep up with current water
demands, recent rain surpluses, and cooler temperatures.

In addition, customers have diligently complied with the current restriction stage. This has reduced the overall amount DWWD has had had to withdraw from its sources. This cooperation has enabled the District to reduce its overall water demand and lessen the recent restrictions.

The District appreciates the continued cooperation of its customers. Customers seeking more information about Water Restrictions can visit

Updated 9/26/2022 at 10:59 a.m. Clarifying edits have been added.

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