The severe drought in Massachusetts (especially in the greater Boston area) should have Melrose "leaders" enforcing water restrictions. BUT the irrigation systems in City Parks are in full use every day. Let's make the sports fields perfect for athletes! Of course all water consumed by City buildings and City owned lands are being paid for by the taxpayer water and sewer rates....
The water comes from the Quabbin. No drought out there
On August 1st the Quabbin was 87.4% full, within it's normal operating levels. The Wachusett was 91.2% full. What has happened since then hasn't been posted yet. The worst conditions are being felt by those communities NOT supplied by the MWRA. While the Quabbin is within the drought area, it won't be listed as being in a drought condition until the water level falls below 65%. Since 1980 MWRA communities have reduced usage from 340 million gallons to 200 million gallons daily.
Now having said that, Melrose residents pay more for two main reasons:
1. Inflow and infiltration is the worst in the MWRA.
2. The DPW and the Mayor have decided that it's a foolproof way to stick their hands even deeper into our pockets with their disgraceful tier structure, which subsidizes single family homes on the backs of multi-unit dwellers, and the B of A doesn't have the courage to stop them. What the single family owners don't seem to realize is that while they pay less than multi-unit dwellers, they're still getting screwed, just less so, which makes them believe they are getting a "deal". What a deal! What kind of an idiot is happy about getting "less screwed"?