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As Some Private Wells Run Dry, eHop Holds Public Forum On Water 10/28

Hopkinton ground water levels are down 4.5’* and residents are feeling the impact. 

Amidst continuing extreme drought conditions, eHop has announced that it will hold a public forum titled, eHop’s Spotlight on Water, on Friday, October 28 at 9:45 am – 11 :00 am at Bittersweet, 28 Main Street, Hopkinton.  Hopkinton is 20” below normal levels of precipitation and the town’s dense bedrock is hindering the underground flow of limited water.  As a result, some private wells are running dry and the town is readying its backup wells.  The drought has many people asking how private and public water sources are connected, how water use should be prioritized, and what emergency plans are in place.  eHop’s Spotlight on Water will address these questions.

“New England has always been thought of as water rich.  I think that attitude has to change.  We are at a point now where this is a community situation, whether it’s town water or well water, it’s going to take everybody’s part in order for us to get through this and make it out to the other side.” – Eric Carty, Water/Sewer Superintendent of Hopkinton.   John Westerling, Hopkinton’s Director of Public Works, and Ed Wirtanen, Hopkinton’s Board of Health Director, will be featured panelists at the forum.  “Water concerns everyone in town:  residents, businesses, schools, emergency response and more.  Our goal is to educate residents about the water supply in Hopkinton, engage them in a dialogue about water conservation, and empower them to take action.” – Amanda Fargiano, eHop Board Member.

eHop is a Hopkinton based 501(c)(4) non-profit whose mission is to provide timely and factual information about key town matters with the goal of increasing government transparency and fostering civic engagement.

* As of 9/20/16 Hopkinton ground water levels are down 4.5’

Drought of 2016

Some recent news articles about the drought:

Signs of Drought at Ice House Pond - October 2016
Ice House Pond

Drought conditions ease slightly
By Rob Haneisen, Metrowest Daily News, 10-13-16
http://hopkinton.wickedlocal.com/news/20161013/drought-conditions-ease-slightly

Extreme drought unchanged in Massachusetts
By Rob Haneisen, Metrowest Daily News, 10-6-16
http://www.metrowestdailynews.com/news/20161006/extreme-drought-unchanged-in-massachusetts

Hopkinton selectmen hear briefing on drought
By Jonathan Phelps, Metrowest Daily News, 9-23-16
http://www.metrowestdailynews.com/news/20160923/hopkinton-selectmen-hear-briefing-on-drought

Tips from Angel’s: Dealing with Drought Conditions
By Tom Nappi, HCAM News Director, 9-22-16
http://www.hcam.tv/news/tips-angels-dealing-drought-conditions

Private wells, water companies hit amid extreme drought
By Brad Avery, Metrowest Daily News, 9-18-16
http://hopkinton.wickedlocal.com/news/20160918/private-wells-water-companies-hit-amid-extreme-drought

Signs of Drought at Hopkinton State Park Main Swimming Beach
Hopkinton State Park Main Beach

Crops wilting, businesses suffer from prolonged drought
By Brad Avery, Metrowest Daily News, 8-12-16
http://www.metrowestdailynews.com/news/20160812/crops-wilting-businesses-suffer-from-prolonged-drought

Hopkinton bans lawn watering because of drought
By Jonathan Phelps, Metrowest Daily News, 8-1-16
http://hopkinton.wickedlocal.com/news/20160801/hopkinton-bans-lawn-watering-because-of-drought

Hopkinton residents asked to adhere to water restrictions
By Jonathan Phelps, Metrowest Daily News, 7-26-16
http://hopkinton.wickedlocal.com/news/20160727/hopkinton-residents-asked-to-adhere-to-water-restrictions

Stage 1 water ban declared in Ashland
By Bill Shaner, Metrowest Daily News, 7-25-16
http://hopkinton.wickedlocal.com/news/20160725/stage-1-water-ban-declared-in-ashland

Mandatory Water Ban - No Outdoor Use
Water Ban Sign on the Common

Pubic Notice: Water Use Restrictions
HCAM News, 6-20-16
http://www.hcam.tv/news/pubic-notice-water-use-restrictions

Water use restrictions in Hopkinton
By Jonathan Phelps, Metrowest Daily News, 6-20-16
http://hopkinton.wickedlocal.com/news/20160620/water-use-restrictions-in-hopkinton

Local towns win water system awards – Hopkinton Country Club was a winner in the “Non Transient Non Community” category.
By Brad Avery, Metrowest Daily News, 5-3-16
http://hopkinton.wickedlocal.com/news/20160503/local-towns-win-water-system-awards