As of 2012, North Reading implemented a stage-based water restriction bylaw. In "normal" conditions, meaning no-drought, residents are asked to abide by voluntary water conservation. That means, those living in houses with odd numbers can water their lawns on odd-numbered days. Those in the event houses can turn on the hoses on even-numbered days.
If drought conditions increase, water conservation advances to "mandatory."
There is a proposed change to the law, which would change these restrictions to "mandatory" at all stages. The public hearing on water restriction changes is Monday, May 5, at 7:30 p.m., in Room 14 of the Town Hall.