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Weekly Question: Are Wayland's Water Ban Enforcements Strict Enough?

We're talking about turning off the water and the consequences for not following the rules.

Weekly Question: Are Wayland's Water Ban Enforcements Strict Enough?

Wayland has been under an odd/even water ban since July 2. The ban means "outdoor watering by water users with odd numbered addresses is restricted to odd numbered days. Outdoor watering by water users with even numbered addresses is restricted to even numbered days."

In addition, the Board of Public Works requests that people water no more than twice a week.

Even on scheduled watering days, watering for above ground and underground sprinklers must be done between the hours of 7 p.m. and 7 a.m. At this time, handheld hose watering isn't restricted.

But what does enforcement of this ban practically look like?

This week's question is more topical than it is a single question. What are your thoughts/feelings about water bans and their enforcement? Do neighbors have an obligation or responsibility to report violators of the ban? Are the repercussions strict enough:

  • First offense: A written reprimand.
  • Second offense: A $100 and written notification that an additional violation could mean termination of water service and a charge to reconnect the service.
  • Third and subsequent offenses: Termination of water service and "a reconnection fee of $275 during normal business hours, or reconnection fee of $275 plus overtime fee of $200 after normal working hours" according to the town bylaws.

So what are your thoughts on Wayland's water ban and its enforcement?

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