Treatment

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.

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.

Below are some common questions about Topsfield's water treatment processes and the water treatment plant project.  Please call the Water Department if you have any additional questions or would like more information.

1. How is our water currently treated?

Topsfield's water receives the following treatment before entering the distriubtion system:

  • Disinfection - Sodium Hypochlorite is added to disinfect the water.
  • Fluoridation - Sodium Fluoride is added to prevent tooth decay.
  • pH Adjustment - Potassium Hydroxide is added to reduce Lead and Copper corrosion rates.
  • Sequestration - An ortho/poly-phosphate blend is added to the water to delay the creation of nuiscnace manganese particles.

These treatment processes are done through 'inline' treatment.  The chemicals are added to the water by a positive displacement pump as the water leaves the source water facility.  Some reactions take place quickly such as pH adjustment and fluoridation but others such as disinfection take some time to run to completion.  Inline treatment does not remove any constituents from the water, we are only able to add things to the water.

 

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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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