Due to usage exceeding the departments pumping capability and our storage tank at critically low levels, the Hopedale Water Department is forced to implement a stage 3 water restriction. No outside watering will be allowed between 9am and 5pm. During all other hours, outside watering will be allowed on an odd/even schedule by handheld device only. No sprinklers or automatic irrigation systems will be allowed and violations will be enforced with fines. Although groundwater levels are up from previous years, Hopedale like many other communities does not have the ability to pump the water quick enough to keep up with customer demand as well as maintain sufficient levels in our water storage for fire protection and system pressure.