Like last year’s sprinkler ban, the Department of Public Works in Falmouth is proposing that residents limit their use of sprinklers to only a few days a week.
If the board agrees to the proposal, landscapers and homeowners would only be allowed to water their garden based on a schedule and the number of their houses. The proposed plan would be effective year-round.
Homes with odd numbers will be permitted to use their automatic sprinklers every 2nd, 4th, and 6th day of the week. On the other hand, houses with even numbers can use their sprinklers every 3rd, 5th, and 7th day of the week. Residents will only be permitted from 8 A.M. to 8 P.M. every day.
Washing driveways, patients, and sides will also be banned, except for businesses that require washing for safety and health reasons.
It was Mr O’Brien who presented the idea to the board last April 5th, and the board members will vote on April 26th. In the previous year, the town enacted a prohibition on using automatic sprinklers to keep water pressure steady when the usage of water is too much.
Since 1950, Falmouth has experienced drought conditions, influencing the very first ban. Many landscapers became upset because of the lack of forewarning, as their livelihood depended on their manicured lawns.
As expressed by Mr Cathal, they are now more proactive in minimising water consumption to avoid a total ban. If people comply, lawns will still be maintained.
According to Mr Cathal, the shortage of water is linked to the Fresh Pond waterhole, which is still unavailable. Nevertheless, he is communicating with the Department of Environmental Protection with hopes of getting it back to service.
If the board members favour the plan and vote on it, the proposal would have immediate effect.