From State House News Service
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Officials tighten Worcester, area water restrictions as drought envelops state
Restaurants in Worcester and Holden can no longer serve tap water to diners unless specifically asked to do so, a result of those Central Massachusetts communities ratcheting up water-use restrictions in the face of a deepening drought.
The Worcester Department of Public Works and Parks moved the city to a “Stage 3 Drought Emergency” on Thursday, and implemented additional water-use restrictions “in order to assure the long-term availability of water to meet the critical health, safety and economic needs of the city,” DPW&P Commissioner Paul J. Moosey wrote to City Manager Edward M. Augustus Jr.
The reservoir system that Worcester, Holden, Paxton and parts of West Boylston rely on for drinking water was 55.1 percent full as of Sept. 1, Moosey wrote. The Sept. 1 average is 81.7 percent full.
Residents in those communities are also banned from all outdoor watering, except for using a watering can to water plants by hand, and are prohibited from using water to wash cars, clean driveways, decks, sidewalks or filling swimming pools, the city said.