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.

August 2017: Contracts for the construction of the plant were executed.  A pre-construction meeting was held on August 3rd and work is set to begin August 21st.

July 2017: The Board of Selectmen awarded the contract for the construction of the plant to Kinsmen Corp. of Hocksett, NH.  A pre-construction meeting is scheduled for early August and work is expected to commence soon afterwards.  The award of the contract for the installation of transmission mains is being delayed so a bid protest can be settled.

June 21st Update: Town Meeting approved the funding request.  Construction is expected to begin in August 2017.


The Board of Selectmen has scheduled a Special Town Meeting for June 20th so the Town can consider funding the water treatment plant project. Bids were opened on May 31st. Based on the bid results the construction funding request will be for $10.4 million. Funding will be sourced from multiple areas including $800,000 from Water Department retained earnings, $350,000 from existing Water Department warrant articles, and a $9.25 million borrowing authorization. This funding is independent of the tax rate and will be covered water rates and fees.


May 31st Update: Bids were opened today. Wright-Pierce is reviewing the bids but the preliminary results are as follows:

Company  Base Bid  Alternate #1  Alternate #2 
Kinsmen  7,246,000 80,000  70,000
Waterline  7,437,677 96,277 75,427
Schultz  8,873,431  90,885 106,600 
Methuen 7,548,852 111,561 20,841
Penta 8,190,191 133,000 136,000


May 10th Update: Filed sub bids were opened today.  Wright-Pierce is reviewing the bids and will post the results once the review is complete.

Category  Company  Base Bid Alternate 1   Alternate 2
Masonry  Costa Brothers Masonry, Inc. 251,000 
 Dependable Masonry 262,000 
 Fernandes Masonry 288,000  3,000 
 LAL Masonry & Construction 295,000 
 Marmelo Bros. Construction 312,000 
 Metals  Waterline Industries Corp. 57,677 
 Summit Metal Fabricators 102,644   0 
 Quinn Bros. of Essex, Inc. 125,900   0 
 EDM Construction Inc. 159,000   0 
Waterproofing  Chapman Waterproofing Company 29,100  200 
 Folan Waterproofing & Construction Co., Inc. 60,300 
 P.J. Spilline Company 74,000 
Roofing & Flashing   J-n-R Gutters, Inc. 97,600 
 Waterline Industries Corp. 110,677 
 Meadows Construction Company, LLC  117,000 
 Capeway Roofing Systems, Inc.  136,400 
 Rockwell Roofing, Inc.  169,000 
 Stanley Roofing Company  185,000 
Glass    Aluminum & Glass Concepts, Inc. 55,983 
 Kapiloff's Glass, Inc. 57,900 
Painting     Dandis Contracting 73,900  2,000 
 Keltic Painting LLC 86,660 
 John W. Egan Company, Inc. 92,200 
Plumbing  Robert W. Irvine & Sons 102,680  9,000 
 Waterline Industries Corp. 112,677  6,767 
 P.J. Dionne Co., Inc. 107,900  30,000 
 Araujo Brothers Plumbing 128,600  46,200 
HVAC  General Mechanical Contractors 341,000  4,500 
 Thomas E. Snowden, Inc. 365,000  1,700 
 CAM HVAC & Construction 366,000  1,900 
 Waterline Industries Corp. 397,677 
 P.J. Dionne Co., Inc. 394,000  5,500 
Electrical  Waterline Industries, Inc. 777,777  14,777  12,777 
 Fall River Electrical Associates 893,828  13,000  3,900 
 Richard T. Losordo Electrical Services, Inc.  957,000  10,000  4,000 
Wayne J. Grifin Electric Inc.  975,900  10,500  8,400 
Ewing Electric  1,009,000  4,100 
Fire Protection  Xcel Fire Protection 78,200  18,885 
 Carlysle Engineering 161,400  36,900 


The Town approved funding for the design of a water treatment facility to remove manganese from the source water.  The Town has hired Woodard & Curran as the Owner's Project Manager and Wright-Pierce as the designer.  Design work is nearly complete and we expect to go out to bid for the construction of the plant soon but not in time for the May 2017 Town Meeting.

June 2017: The bid review was completed and preparations for the June 20th Special Town Meeting are underway.  The funding request for the treatment plant project will be $10.4 million based on the bid results.  Information about the request can be found in this article.  The request was approved and construction is expected to begin in August.

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Mandatory Outdoor Water Restriction

A mandatory outdoor water restriction is in effect. Nonessential outdoor use is limited to hand-held implements before 9 AM or after 5 PM each day.  The use of irrigation systems or lawn sprinklers is prohibited.

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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