We work with our municipalities to encourage residential and commercial water conservation.

Since 2008, we’ve worked with Neponset Watershed communities to implement town-wide water conservation programs.

Excessive water use can cause low streamflow for the Neponset River and some of its tributaries, which affects wildlife, recreation, public safety, and our drinking water supply.

Our Water Conservation Program includes:

  • rebate programs for water-efficient toilets and clothes washers
  • giveaway programs for water-efficient showerheads, faucet aerators, and irrigation shutoff sensors
  • annual education programs for over 3,000 students in public and private schools
  • advocacy at the local and state levels
  • public outreach via bill inserts, mailings, web posts, and events

Please email NepRWA Water Stewardship Manager, Suzanna Sullivan, with any questions about our Water Conservation Program.

Outdoor Water Restrictions

Each spring, most of the Neponset Watershed towns implement outdoor water use restrictions, which are put in place to conserve water for drinking, public health, and firefighting.

Rebate Programs

Some of the Neponset Watershed communities offer very generous rebates for water conserving appliances. Click on the link below to see what your town has to offer.

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Water conservation is essential in our communities, especially during drought.

More than 120,000 residents of the Neponset Watershed get some or all of their drinking water locally.

Click here to learn where your drinking water comes from!

Water Management Act

NepRWA works with our towns and the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (MassDEP) to make sure there are adequate protections for water resources incorporated into municipal policies and through Water Management Act (WMA) permits.

The Water Management Act (WMA) authorizes MassDEP to regulate the amount of water that can be taken (or withdrawn) from groundwater or surface water sources to be used as drinking and irrigation water.

NepRWA has a significant interest in these permits.

  • Water withdrawals from the watershed impact the amount of water available in streams and the River.
  • Most notably, we see impacts during dry weather (seasonally from about May to September) which happens to coincide with a time when many water users increase their use to include outdoor irrigation of lawns.
  • The impacts of climate change will exacerbate drought conditions, increasing the importance of water conservation over the long term.