Treatment

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 Update: The plant treatment process is operation and undergoing performance testing using the Perkins Row source.  Manganese is being removed at expected rates and initial water quality testing appears to be very good.  Most of the electrical work is complete and vendors are finishing the installation of the HVAC system.

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.

June 28th Update: The only remaining portion of the project is the final paving of the trench on Route 1 near Averill Street.

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.

 

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.

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Water Department

279 Boston Street

Topsfield, MA 01983

978.887.1517

978.887.1543 (Fax)

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Highway Department

279 Boston Street

Topsfield, MA 01983

978.887.1542

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Hours: Monday-Friday 7 AM to 3 PM