301 Arch Street (1st Floor), PO Box 395, Mars, PA 16046

Mars Borough is asking residents/Mars Borough Water Department customers to conserve water.

On Friday, August 21, 2020 the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection declared a Drought Watch for 16 counties in Pennsylvania, including Butler County. (Click here for the press release.)

Mars Borough is currently operating under a State I Drought Watch


Under a Stage I Drought Watch, the Borough’s customers are asked to exercise voluntary reduction of water usage. To achieve this voluntary reduction, the Borough requests that all customers eliminate the unnecessary use of water as defined in the following elements.

Commercial and industrial customers are requested to reduce water usage as far as possible without affecting their employment level. Industries are asked to prepare contingency plans for actions to be taken in the eventuality that continued severe drought conditions requires further reductions in water use. Such contingency plans should prepare for potential reductions of up to twenty-five percent (25%) of pre-drought condition water use levels. Efforts will be made to work with the industries to identify water use reduction techniques which will not affect employment levels.

These elements are declared to be nonessential uses of water that are requested to be eliminated by all customers of the Borough Water System:

  1. The use of water for irrigation and watering lawns, gardens, landscaped areas, trees, shrubs, or other plants, except by handheld hose or container.
  2. The use of water for washing paved areas such as sidewalks, driveways, parking areas, tennis courts and patios with exception for prewashing in preparation of asphalt street or driveway recoating and sealing.
  3. The use of water for watering any portion of golf courses, except for tees and greens, between the hours of 5:00 PM and 9:00 AM.
  4. The use of water for ornamental purposes, including fountains, artificial water falls and reflecting pools.
  5. The use of water for non-commercial washing or cleaning of automobiles, other motor vehicles, trailers, and boats.
  6. The use of water for refilling and topping off swimming pools.
  7. The use of water for refilling air conditioning cooling towers after draining.
  8. The serving of water in restaurants, clubs, or eating places, unless specifically requested by a customer.
  9. The use of water for flushing sewers, except as deemed necessary in the interest of public health and safety.

Click here for more Drought Information.