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SENATE DOCKET, NO. 817         FILED ON: 1/17/2013

SENATE  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  No. 342


The Commonwealth of Massachusetts



Stephen M. Brewer


To the Honorable Senate and House of Representatives of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts in General
              Court assembled:

              The undersigned legislators and/or citizens respectfully petition for the adoption of the accompanying bill:

An Act relative to water conservation.






Stephen M. Brewer

Worcester, Hampden, Hampshire and Middlesex

Todd M. Smola

1st Hampden

Kimberly N. Ferguson

1st Worcester

Jason M. Lewis

31st Middlesex

SENATE DOCKET, NO. 817        FILED ON: 1/17/2013

SENATE  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  No. 342

By Mr. Brewer, a petition (accompanied by bill, Senate, No. 342) of Stephen M. Brewer, Todd M. Smola, Kimberly N. Ferguson and Jason M. Lewis for legislation relative to irrigation systems.  Environment, Natural Resources and Agriculture. 


SEE SENATE, NO. 2370 OF 2011-2012.]

The Commonwealth of Massachusetts


In the Year Two Thousand Thirteen



An Act relative to water conservation.

              Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Court assembled, and by the authority of the same, as follows:

              SECTION 1. Section 2 of chapter 21G of the General Laws, as appearing in the 2010 Official Edition, is hereby amended by inserting after the definition of "Existing withdrawal" the following definition:-

              "Irrigation system", any assemblage of components, materials or special equipment which is constructed and installed underground or on the surface for controlled dispersion of water from any safe and suitable source, for the purpose of irrigating landscape vegetation or the control of dust and erosion on landscaped areas, including integral pumping systems and required wiring within that system and connections to a public or private water supply system; provided however, that an irrigation system shall not include plumbing or a plumbing system as defined in chapter 142.

              SECTION 2. Said chapter 21G of the General Laws is hereby amended by adding the following section:-

              Section 21. (a) The department shall adopt, and may amend, regulations that require system interruption devices for newly installed or renovated irrigation systems to override and suspend the programmed operation of the irrigation system during periods of sufficient moisture. The department shall specify the criteria that devices are required to meet under this section. Said regulations shall: (i) be in accordance with generally accepted standards of irrigation practice; (ii) include a requirement that all such devices be inspected at least every 3 years by an irrigation contractor certified and in good standing with a nationally recognized association; and (iii) require each irrigation contractor to complete and submit documentation, along with a minimal fee which shall reflect the costs of accepting and processing such documentation, to the municipality or the municipality’s board of water commissioners for each newly installed or renovated irrigation system in that municipality. The department may impose reasonable fines for a violation of the regulations promulgated under this section.

              (b) This section shall not apply to systems operating on golf courses or agricultural lands.

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