By MyFM's Rick Michaels - Due to the continued severe drought, residents of Hopkinton are being reminded that water restrictions remain in place. Water-Sewer Department Manager Eric Carty says, as seen by the major fire in the downtown area on Sunday and the need for a significant amount of water, the town needs to ensure a safe and adequate supply for fire protection and essential daily needs. Carty says it will take many significant rain events and snowmelt from the winter to return groundwater levels to normal. At this time in Hopkinton no lawn watering is permitted and all lawn sprinklers need to be shut off immediately. The only permitted uses are the hand watering of plants, shrubs or gardens before 9am or after 5pm. Carty says with over an 8” rain deficit for the year, with no significant rain in sight for the remainder of September, these restrictions will remain in place indefinitely past the normal end of the month time frame.