Raw water transmission mains will be installed along North Street (Boardman Lane to Ipswich Road), Ipswich Road (North Street to Averill Street), Averill Street, Perkins Row (Stone Bridge to Meetinghouse Lane), Meetinghouse Lane and Howlett Street (Meetinghouse Lane to Route 1) as part of the water treatment plant project.

November 27th Update: The directional drilling crew will be working on Howlett Street, starting the 29th.  Howlett Street will be closed from Route 1 to Meetinghouse Lane during work hours.  Installation of main underneath Route 1 at Averill Street is scheduled for the nights of the 28th and 29th.  Southbound traffic will be detoured down Ipswich Road from 9 PM to 5 AM.

October 25th Update: The crew has completed the installation of pipe in most of the roads.  The only remaining installation work involves directional drilling and is at least a week away at this point.  Driling will be done on Route 1 near Averill Street, on Perkins Row near the Perkins Row Station and on Howlett Street between Meetinghouse Lane and Route 1.

October 23rd Update: The crew will insall a finished water connection on Howlett Street today.  Howlett Street (Route 1 to Meetinghouse) will be closed to through traffic this morning.

The Town appropriated $10.4 million on June 20, 2017 for the construction of a water treatment plant and associated piping.  Progress updates will be posted on a regular basis.

November 2017: The foundation walls were completed and all interior tanks were leak tested.  Backfilling of the foundation started along the southern side of the building.  The foundation of the booster pump station was constructed and backfilled.

October 2017: The basement floor slab was completed on the 6th.  Work continues on forming the basement walls. The first wall section was poured on the 13th. A second section was poured on the 19th.

New water mains will be installed at the intersection of Route 1 and Averill Road on the nights of November 28th and 29th.  Work will begin at 9 PM and finish by 5 AM the following day.  North bound traffic will be able to stay on Route 1 while south bound traffic will be detoured down Ipswich Road during work hours.

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Manganese Advisory

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

The Perkins Row well exceeded MassDEP's limit of 0.3 milligrams per Liter during the summer of 2016.  Both water sources are now below State manganese limit.  The advisory will remain in place until the treatment plant is built and in operation.

Water Treatment Plant Information

A Special Town Meeting held on June 20, 2017 approved $10.4 million for the construction of a water treatment facility.  We expect construction to begin during the summer of 2017 and for the plant to open in the fall of 2018.

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