Outdoor Water Use Restrictions

The Topsfield Water Department has instituted a Voluntary Outdoor Water Restriction effective June 1, 2020. The restriction is needed due to unusually high water use and declining water levels.

All water customers are asked to curtail nonessential outdoor water between the hours of 9 AM to 5 PM. Essential outdoor water use includes those uses that have a health or safety impact, are required by regulation or are needed to meet the core functions of a business or organization.

In addition to limiting outdoor use the Water Department encourages the following conservation measures:

• Run your dishwasher and clothes washer only when full.
• Fix any leaks around the house.
• Install water efficient toilets, faucets and showerheads.
• Keep a pitcher of water in the refrigerator, rather than running the faucet.
• Consider replacing water intensive lawns with low water demand plants and grasses. The Water Department has several guide books that are available to residents.

Please call the Water Department at (978) 887-1517 if you have any questions.

June 8th: This restriction was switched to a mandatory restriction following futher declines in streamflow and increases in water consumption.

mansignThe Topsfield Water Department has implemented a Mandatory Outdoor Water Use Restriction effective June 8, 2020 due to very low Ipswich River stream flow, higher than normal water use and concerns about the availabilty of water.

Outdoor water use is restricted to hand-held implements only before 9 AM and after 5 PM.  The use of irrigations systems at any time is prohibited.  The restrictions apply to public water customers.

In addition to curtailing outdoor use the Water Department encourages the following conservation measures:

  • Run your dishwasher and clothes washer only when full.
  • Fix any leaks around the house.
  • Install water efficient toilets, faucets and shower heads.
  • Keep a pitcher of water in the refrigerator, rather than running the faucet.
  • Consider replacing water intensive lawns with a xeriscape (low water demand) flower garden.

The mandatory restrictions will be in effect until further notice but typically run through the end of September.  

Below is a list of violations of the Mandatory Outdoor Water Use Restriction implemented on JUnen 18, 2018.  The Water Restriction By-law allows for the non-criminal disposition of violations starting with a written warning, second offense is a $50 fine, third offense is a $100 fine and fourth and subsequent offense a $300 fine.  Each day of violation constitutes a separate offense.  Because some watering is allowed we do not issue violations based on wet pavement or grass.  We must witness or a citizen willing to testify must witness the actual use of water that is in violation of the bylaw.  If the property owner appeals the violation or fails to pay the fine then the issue is forwarded to criminal court.

Hydrant Flushing Scheduled

Hydrant flushing is starting on September 21st.  The schedule is avaialble online and is updated daily.  Subscribe to our email list if you would like to receive daily updates.

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Water Department

279 Boston Street

Topsfield, MA 01983

978.887.1517

978.887.1543 (Fax)

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Highway Department

279 Boston Street

Topsfield, MA 01983

978.887.1542

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Hours: Monday-Friday 7 AM to 3 PM