The Town appropriated $10.4 million on June 20, 2017 for the construction of a water treatment plant and associated piping.  Substaintial completion of the project is expected in January 2019 which will be followed by several weeks of testing.  We're planning on using the plant to produce water by the end of February 2019.  Progress updates will be posted on a regular basis.

January 2018 Update: A tent was built over the foundation and a heater installed.  Work on the first floor deck began by placing the lower rebar mat and conduits.

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.

February Update:  All of the pipes have been installed and we're in the process of testing them before they're put into service.

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.

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.

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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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