The Green River in Williamstown is running low, and that means town water restrictions are in effect. Under state rules, when the river drops below a certain level after a period of light precipitation, the town must limit the amount of water used.

The Berkshire Eagle reports while that rule might be sound for communities elsewhere in the state, in Williamstown, it doesn't necessarily work.

Andrew Groff, the town's director of community development says that the town gets its water from an artesian aquifer underground, which is covered by a thick layer of clay and is recharged with runoff from the mountains, which provides the water pressure.