- Last Updated: 06 August 2014
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The Town received four submittals for it's Owner's Project Manager for a Manganese Removal Water Treamtent Facility Request for Qualifications. The four firms that submitted proposals are:
- Woodard & Curran, Andover, MA
- Environmental Partners, Quincy, MA
- MPH Environmental, Andover,MA
- P3 Project Planning Professionals, Norwell, MA
We are currently reviewing the submittals to mke sure the firms meet the minimum requirements. They will then be ranked and at least three firms will be selected for interviews.
Update August 6th: The Evaluation Committee is scheduled to meet on August 12th to rank the proposals and vote on the finalists.
- Last Updated: 15 September 2014
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The Town of Topsfield is accepting sealed bids for the replacement of 1.1 miles of water main on Washington Street. Bid packages are available at the Water Department Office, 279 Boston Street, Topsfield, MA 01983. The office is open Monday-Friday, 7 AM to 3:30 PM. Bid documents require a $50 refundable deposit if plans and specifications are returned in good condition. A $25 fee is charged if the plans are mailed.
Sealed bids are due on August 6, 2014.
The following companies have requested a bid package:
- J. Cardillo
- N. Granese
- Moriarty & Sons
- Water Works Supply
- EJ Prescott
- Reed Construction Data, returned
- iSqFt, returned
- R&D Site Development
- CDC Publishing
- Ventresca Co.
- Vellano Co.
- Aqua Line
- McGraw Hill
- HD Supply
Update August 6th: Joseph Cardillo is the apparent low bidder $1,049,430.69 (Base of $881,260.69). Stantec is in the process of reviewing the bids. Unit prices for all bids will be posted shortly.
Update September 15th: Work on this project is scheduled to begin on September 18th.
- Last Updated: 15 September 2014
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The Topsfield Water Department has implemented a Mandatory Outdoor Water Use Restriction effective June 26, 2014 due to very low Ipswich River stream flow.
Outdoor water use is restricted to hand-held implements only before 9 AM and after 5 PM. The use of irrigations systems at any time is prohibited. The restrictions apply to public water customers and private well owners.
In addition to curtailing outdoor use the Water Department encourages the following conservation measures:
- Run your dishwasher and clothes washer only when full.
- Fix any leaks around the house.
- Install water efficient toilets, faucets and shower heads.
- Keep a pitcher of water in the refrigerator, rather than running the faucet.
- Consider replacing water intensive lawns with a xeriscape (low water demand) flower garden.
The mandatory restrictions will be in effect until October 1st.
- Last Updated: 28 April 2014
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May 1st marks the beginning of the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection's summer regulatory period. Our water withdrawal permit requires us to implement outdoor water use restrictions when Ipswich River stream flow falls below certain levels from May 1st through September 30th. The permit also restricts the amount of water we can pump during this period to an average of 0.55 million gallons per day.
Stream flow is measured at the United States Geological Survey's gauge station located just downstream of the dam near Foote Brothers Canoe Rental in Ipswich. Click here to view a full screen version of the chart.
A voluntary outdoor water use restriction is required if the average daily stream flow at the Ipswich Gauge drops below 70 cubic feet per second for three consecutive days. If the average daily stream flow continues to drop and falls below 52.5 cubic feet per second for three consecutive days then a mandatory restriction is required. The restrictions stay in effect until stream flow recovers and is above the trigger point for at least 10 consecutive days.
- Last Updated: 20 November 2013
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Drinking Water Advisory - Important information about manganese in your drinking water
Manganese is a nutrient that is part of a healthy diet. Drinking water may naturally contain manganese and, when concentrations are greater than 50 micrograms per Liter (µg/L), the water may be discolored and taste bad. Over a lifetime, the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recommends that people drink water with manganese levels less than 300 µg/L and over the short term, EPA recommends that people limit their consumption of water with levels over 1,000 µg/L, primarily due to concerns about possible neurological effects. Children up to 1 year of age should not be given water with manganese over 300 µg/L nor should formula for infants be made with that water for longer than 10 days.
Both of our water sources have exceeded the 300 µg/L threshold within the last year. The most recent test results show our source located on Perkins Row contains 394 µg/L of manganese; levels have varied between 150 µg/L and 370 µg/L in 2013 with an average of 313 µg/L. The most recent test result for our source located on North Street contains 94 µg/L; levels have varied between 70 µg/L and 1,270 µg/L during 2013 with an average of 391 µg/L.
- Last Updated: 29 October 2013
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What is a cross connection? It's an actual or potential connection between a potable water line and any waste pipe, soil pipe, sewer, drain or other unapproved source. These connections pose a threat to public health by allowing contaminants to be siphoned or forced into the public drinking water system under certain hydraulic conditions.
In a residential setting, cross connections include submerged hoses, lawn irrigation systems, chemical spray applicators, connections to private wells, boilers, solar heating systems and fire sprinkler systems. These connections, if left unprotected, could introduce contaminants to the water system. Consumers play an important role in protecting public health by notifying the Water Department of any cross connections and helping to eliminate or properly protect the connection by installing a backflow prevention device.