Will I be fined if I am caught using water in violation of the ban?
Yes. The Amherst Select Board voted to impose a fining structure for those who violate the ban. An initial violation will result in a warning. Fines for violations under M.G.L. c.40, §21D shall be $50.00 for the first offense and $100.00 for each subsequent violation. Each day a violation occurs or continues will constitute a separate offense. The additional language includes a provision which grants the Superintendent of Public Works, Police Chief and Building Commissioner the ability to impose enforcement.

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1. We've recently had rain. Is the water ban still in effect?
2. When did the voluntary ban go into effect?
3. Why is there a water ban in effect?
4. When did the mandatory water ban go in to effect?
5. How serious is the water situation in Amherst?
6. Where does our water come from?
7. Can Amherst get its water from other sources such as the Quabbin Reservoir, another community or the Connecticut River?
8. Is it possible for the Town to truck water in by tankers?
9. How much water does the Town use on a daily basis?
10. Will my efforts to save water make any difference?
11. Are other areas in the state affected?
12. Are droughts typical in New England?
13. How long will the ban last?
14. May I water my vegetable garden?
15. May I water my lawn?
16. May I wash my car?
17. May I fill my pool?
18. May farmers use water?
19. Will I be fined if I am caught using water in violation of the ban?
20. What has the Town done to reduce its water consumption?
21. Is the Town working with the business community on this issue?
22. Are Amherst College, Hampshire College and the University of Massachusetts taking steps to reduce their water usage?
23. What can I do to help reduce my water usage?