- Last Updated: 10 October 2014
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We will flush the water mains using a selected group of hydrants. Crews are scheduled to work between 9 P.M. and 1 A.M. on weeknights unless otherwise noted. It takes approximately five weeks to complete the flushing project.
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- Last Updated: 01 October 2014
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All water restrictions were removed on October 1st.
- Last Updated: 29 September 2014
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The construction phase of the Washington Street Water Main Improvement Project begins on September 18, 2014. Joseph Cardillo & Son, Inc. is scheduled to start saw cutting the road and erecting signs. The water main on Washington Street, from River road to approximately Colrain Road, will be replaced as part of this project along with all water services (underneath the road), hydrants and tie-ins to side streets in the project area. Our goal is to complete all of the pipe work before winter and complete the finish paving in the spring.
September 29th Update: Cardillo has installed the new water main from Lockwood Lane to River Road on Washington Street. The new pipe will be filled this week. Testing is scheduled to begin October 6th. The pipe will be pressure tested, chlorinated and bacteria tested before being put into service. This process involves flushing the new main so customers may have discolored water during the flushing. We do not expect the discoloration to last long due the recent main break in the area which likely removed most, if not all, of the manganese.
- Last Updated: 01 October 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.
Update October 1st: Woodard & Curran was selected as the most qualified applicant and we are negotiating the fee.
- 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.