Click here to obtain a copy of the Water Department's FY2020 proposed budget. The main challenge with developing this budget was estimating the operating costs of the new water treatment plant with very little time operating it. Several changes were made from the FY2019 due plant operation and converting short-term debt to long-term bonds.
The water main on Averill Street near the Route 1 intersection broke early this morning. The repair crew is on the way but it will take several hours before water service is restored. It is severe break and several hundred thousand gallons were lost. Many customers may have discolored water due to the high flows cause by the main failure. Water is off to Averill Street and Boston Street (363 to 387).
The repair crew is on the way and Digsafe has been called. Repair work will begin once the other underground utilities are marked. Water service should be restored by mid-morning.
If your water is discolored run the cold water until it clears before using any hot water.
The water main on Ross Road near #13 broke early this morning. The repair crew is on the way but it will take several hours before water service is restored. Customers on Ross Road and Williams Road are currently without water. Water service should be restored by 9 AM. Let the cold water run clear before using any hot water.
The Water Department bills for water usage and other fees based on rates set by the Board of Water Commissioners. A rate hearing is usually held in the spring and is advertised in local papers. Click here for a listing of our current rates and charges. The revenue generated funds the Department's activities and capital improvements. We operate on an enterprise accounting system that keeps our funds completely separate from other Town departments.
Welcome to our cross connection section. These connections are a specific class of connections to the distribution system that pose or could pose a health risk. Some of the more common cross connections in Topsfield include:
Cross connections are pathways that could introduce contamination to the water distribution system under certain hydraulic conditions. We are required by the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection to run a Cross Connection Control Program to make sure these connections are properly protected by a backflow prevention device or eliminated. Some devices require annual or semi-annual testing based on the degree of hazard and we are required to make sure tests are done according to MassDEP's schedule.
The Water Management Act gives the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection the authority to regulate ground water and surface water withdrawals in excess of 0.100 million gallons per day (MGD). The Water Management Act was enacted during the 1980's and there were quite a few water suppliers that fell under the new regulations. The regulations created what is refered to as a "registration" volume which is the amount of water historically withdrawn by the supplier at the time DEP's regulation took affect. Some suppliers have filed for water management permits to allow withdrawals in excess of the registration volume. The Town of Topsfield currently has a registration volume of 0.430 MGD and a permitted volume of 0.170 MGD.
This section contains information about the Water Department finances.
This section of the site contains information about the Water Department Budget. Descriptions of various sections and actual budgets will be posted.
279 Boston Street
Topsfield, MA 01983
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Hours: Monday-Friday 7 AM to 3:30 PM
279 Boston Street
Topsfield, MA 01983
Hours: Monday-Friday 7 AM to 3 PM