Oak Bluffs Water District asks residents to curtail water use

The Oak Bluffs water tower getting a much needed paint job. — Photo by Ralph Stewart

Oak Bluffs Water District superintendent Kevin Johnson is asking Oak Bluffs residents to minimize their water consumption and to curtail lawn watering for the next four weeks until a project to paint the town’s main water tank is complete and the tower is back in operation.

The tower has been out of service since February when a planned painting and maintenance project began. Completion has been delayed by bad weather and higher than normal winds. A connection with Edgartown Water has helped compensate for the lost storage capacity and to date there has been no noticeable change in service to customers. However a sharp increase in demand tied to the influx of tourists and seasonal residents could result in lower water pressure to customers in the higher elevations of town if residents don’t conserve water.

“We ask that all water customers be cognizant of the situation and ask their help until the system is back to full capacity,” Mr. Johnson said Friday.