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Water Treatment Plant Information

Town Meeting, held on May 6, 2014, approved funding for the design of a water treatment plant.  

We have hired an Owner's Project Manager and Designer.  Design work is now underway.  A more detailed status report is available online.

Water Dept. Twitter Feed

TopsfieldWater House fire on Kinsman Lane. Water will likely be discolored in town due to firefighting operations.
TopsfieldWater Any rain is good rain but today's will do little to reverse the drought. Please continue to conserve water and follow water restrictions.
TopsfieldWater High water use coupled with drought is making it harder to maintain water quality. Please conserve water or quality will deteriorate.
TopsfieldWater Still very dry, please conserve water. Ten more water restriction violation notices being mailed today, including one fine.
TopsfieldWater Main supply wells at lowest level for this time of year based on 13 years of record. Lots of summer weather left so please conserve water.
TopsfieldWater Ipswich River flow hit new low, 3.8 cubic feet per second. Previous low 6.9 cfs (1957), median flow 39 cfs based on 86 years of record.
TopsfieldWater Issuing water restriction violations. 1st offense a warning, fines for subsequent infractions. List of violations -
TopsfieldWater Providing temporary water service to Andrews Farm Road in Boxford following their pressure tank failure.
TopsfieldWater Pilot study test report approved by MassDEP. Preliminary work complete, design of actual treatment plant can begin.
TopsfieldWater Main break on River Road near Prospect Street.

Highway Dept. Twitter Feed

topsfieldDPW @Craig37730393 @cbsboston @KateMerrill our vote too! Kate & @chrisWBZ have the chemistry AND the local knowledge!
topsfieldDPW @WessieThon I'll put you on speed dial in case we do! #youmakehousecalls?
topsfieldDPW For those of you just hearing about the python in Maine, it has a presence on Twitter @WessieThon it's been a very amusing summer...
topsfieldDPW @WesternMEwx no apology necessary or warranted, Mike. Enjoy this great wx! We need a drought busting pattern, after Labor Day of course....
topsfieldDPW @WesternMEwx your "old school" side is showing and appreciated!!
topsfieldDPW @WesternMEwx .not trying to, Mike, but can be used as the same thing in same circumstances if set up correctly. Deeply respect your opinion.
topsfieldDPW @WesternMEwx more than 90% of Americans have cell phones. Many of those replace landlines. More have them on 24/7 than you think, Mike.
topsfieldDPW RT @wenhampolice: Water main break Topsfield Rd, Route 97 detour NB at Cedar St, crews working on the break. SB Topsfield Rd open.
topsfieldDPW @WCVB @LynchieWCVB @HarveyWCVB good stuff right there...Lynchie brought his A game! #wellplayed
topsfieldDPW RT @TopsfieldWater: House fire on Kinsman Lane. Water will likely be discolored in town due to firefighting operations.

Summer Regulatory Period

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.

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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.

Water Department

279 Boston Street

Topsfield, MA 01983


978.887.1543 (Fax)

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Hours: Monday-Friday 7 AM to 3:30 PM

Highway Department

279 Boston Street

Topsfield, MA 01983


978.887.1543 (Fax)

Hours: Monday-Friday 7 AM to 3 PM