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.

Manganese Advisory

The Water Department issued a manganese advisory on November 1, 2013.  Monthly test results are available on this site as well as our water quality site.

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.

Spring Hydrant Flushing

Flushing is scheduled to start on April 13th.  Click here to view the schedule.

Pay your water bill online

81009 83017 0Please visit the Unibank site to pay your water or tax bills online.

Water Dept. Twitter Feed

TopsfieldWater Outdoor water restrictions removed due to onset of winter. Please continue to conserve water indoors.
TopsfieldWater Fire flow test scheduled for 12/7 at 10PM, 470 Boston Street. More information available at
TopsfieldWater October manganese test results are in. Results available at
TopsfieldWater Water main break on River Road, # 82.
TopsfieldWater Water main break on River Road between Fox Run and Prospect Street.
TopsfieldWater Taking manganese samples today. Perkins Row will run for a couple of hours.
TopsfieldWater Flushing Andrews Farm connection week of 10/17. Customers on/off Lockwood Ln may get discolored water. More info:
TopsfieldWater Added more info to water quality website,, including recent manganese result table and water source pump totals.
TopsfieldWater Comprehensive list of water testing results now available online at
TopsfieldWater Posted manganese results for September - Perkins Row still elevated, only running once per month for sampling.

Highway Dept. Twitter Feed

topsfieldDPW @KateMerrill @chrisWBZ @DanielleWBZ4 our contribution to the Massachusetts stats...#hotwings
topsfieldDPW @ericfisher awesome! Congrats!
topsfieldDPW @davidwade Jack Chase, Shelby Scott, Don Kent, Bruce Schwoegler, Tony Pepper, Tom Ellis, Liz Walker, Charlie Austin, John Henning and Jack!
topsfieldDPW @ericfisher outstanding interview on BSR this morning Eric! @985TheSportsHub #wbzweather
topsfieldDPW Topsfield snow parking ban is in effect for this storm. On street parking is prohibited. Vehicles subject to ticket and towing. @salemnews
topsfieldDPW @PaulaEbbenWBZ @BarryWBZ ...some of us have tuned in for ALL of those 39 years. #legendindeed
topsfieldDPW @chrisWBZ @cbsboston @KateMerrill welcome back Kate...looks like you are well rested and ready for 2017!
topsfieldDPW @MattNBCBoston @nbcboston liking what we see so far Matt. Keep up the great work. Just a touch of black ice up this way this morning...
topsfieldDPW @WesternMEwx The message regarding generators cannot be over stated, Mike, especially with so many without power.

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