Water

Water Committee  (Chair: Paul Lauenstein)

Mission

The Water Committee raises awareness of the need to conserve Sharon’s vital and finite groundwater resources.

Tactics

  1. Public Outreach

Conservation message in every water bill

Signage around town

Letters in the local media (Sharon Advocate, Sharon Patch)

Discussions on local cable TV

  1. Conservation-oriented water rates

Petition the Sharon Water Management Advisory Committee and the Sharon Water Commissioners (i.e. the Selectmen) to maintain steeply ascending water rates with a minimal fixed component.

  1. Rebates

Provide economic incentives to encourage residents to install water-efficient plumbing fixtures and appliances. The Sharon Water Department offers rebates for installing toilets and washing machines that meet certain efficiency criteria.

  1. Education

Initiate programs to teach schoolchildren about the importance of water conservation and how to conserve water in their own homes.

Results

Sharon water use has been reduced by from approximately 600 million gallons per year to approximately 400 million gallons per year since the 1990s. Sharon’s water conservation program has received two awards from the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection, and has been recognized nationally by the Environmental Protection Agency.

In addition to promoting water conservation, committee members monitor stream flow in Beaver Brook to document the impact of pumping three municipal wells along its banks. See: https://eeaonline.eea.state.ma.us/DFG/RIFLS/#/home