Replacement of water mains on Prospect Street and River Road will be begin no earlier than May 9th.  The contractor is planning to start near South Main Street and work towards River Road.  All of the water infrastructure on Town property will be replaced in the project area including mains, services and hydrants. 

Roads will be closed to through traffic during the day due to the size of the construction equipment and the width of the roadways. Schedule updates will be posted as needed.

June 19th: The contractor will continue to install services on Prospect Street, starting at South Main Street, and working towards River Road on the odd side of the street.  Prospect Street will be closed to through traffic during the work.

June 18th: The water mains have passed all of the testing and the contractor will begin connecting customers to the new mains. They’ll start at the top of Prospect Street and work towards South Main Street on the even side.  They shound complete about six services per day. Prospect Street will be closed to through traffic while the work is underway. 


June 15th: The crew will be paving on Prospect Street and River Road near Washington.

June 14th: The new mains were flushed and bacteria tested this morning.  The crew is installing hydrants on River Road, west of Prospect Street, and working on Prospect Street near South Main Street today.  Prospect Street will be accessible from River Road (Salem Road side) while the work near South Main Street is underway.

June 12th: The water main work is complete.  The contractor is installing hydrants and testing the new pipes prior to placing them into service.  Service lines and road connections will be transferred to the new mains once the new lines are pressure and bacteria tested.

May 21st: The crew is now working on River Road heading towards Washington Street.  They'll be installing water main on Tuesday and Wednesday of this week and will pave the trench on Thursday and Friday.

May 18th: Installation of water main on Prospect Street is nearly complete and directional drilling on River Road is complete.  The crew will continue to install main on River Road from Prospect Street towards Washington Street on Monday.  The water main on Prospect Street will be tested and flushed next week.

May 12th: The directional driller will start installing approximately 200' feet of HDPE pipe underneath the culvert just east of Fox Run Road.

May 10th: The contractor start work on Prospect Street near South Main Street.  They expect to do the initial tie-in to existing mains and start installing new pipe on Prospect Street heading towards River Road.  

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.  Construction is underway and we expect the plant to open in early 2019.  Click here for more information.

Mandatory Outdoor Water Restriction

mansign 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.

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