In a measure pitting neighbor against neighbor, towns across Cape Cod increased their residential watering restrictions and encouraged people to report violators after three hot summer months produced little to no rainfall.
On August 24, Cape Cod moved to Level 3-- Critical Drought, according to Mass.gov. The only level higher than this is the Level 4, Emergency Drought.
Water restrictions have been in place for many towns since early summer, when officials noticed the underground aquifer had not reached normal levels for the last two years. Early restrictions allowed lawn irrigation on odd or even days. By August 1st, Harwich banned irrigation and sprinklers altogether, allowing hand-watering of plants only in the overnight hours, and again from 5 till 9 pm. Other towns followed suit.
With the Drought now at critical levels, all outdoor watering is banned in Harwich until further notice.