August 18, 2020 - The Springfield Water and Sewer Commission (Commission) is notifying its customers that there are currently no water restrictions for Commission customers. Recently, the Massachusetts Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs (EEA) declared a Level 2 – Significant Drought in all seven regions of the Commonwealth, including Western Massachusetts. The declaration also included guidance for water use in some communities affected by the drought conditions. While customers are always encouraged to use water wisely and efficiently, there are currently no restrictions on water use within the Commission’s water system.
The Commission owns, operates, and maintains Cobble Mountain Reservoir, a 22.5 billion gallon water supply located in Blandford and Granville Massachusetts. During summer months, 40-50 million gallons are distributed to Commission customers each day. Cobble Mountain Reservoir supplies water for the entire Commission system including retail customers in Springfield and Ludlow and wholesale communities of Agawam, East Longmeadow, and Longmeadow.
The Commission is responsible for monitoring water levels in the reservoir and determining what restrictions, if any, are needed for the system. Despite the drought conditions across the state, and the declaration made by EEA, the Commission’s water supply is still at normal conditions. The Commission regularly assesses reservoir levels and will notify customers of any water use restrictions if they are necessary.