Due to the shortage of rainfall and continued high water demand, the Water Department is declaring a Drought Emergency, effective today, August 22nd. It is imperative that demand drop to winter levels immediately in order to ensure the Water Department can continue to meet basic domestic and firefighting needs. Please help reduce town-wide water use by 200,000 gallons per day. All outdoor watering must stop and customers should limit non-essential indoor water use. Irrespective of where your water comes from, we ask that all residents abide by this order. For more information on the drought and ways to save water, please visit ipswichma.gov. Thank you for your cooperation.