Manganese testing at our Perkins Row source indicates the water produced by this station now exceeds MassDEP's limit of 300 parts per billion. A Manganese Drinkng Water Advisory was implemented in December 2013 due to high manganese levels that had occurred in years past.
Perkins Row produces about 20% of the Town's water and the North Street source is well below the state manganese limit. However we can't both sources pump into the system and it is not possible to predict manganese concentrations at each home due varying hydraulic conditions. Therefore, use bottled water to make baby formula and for young children. We plan to use Perkins Row as little as possible to until manganese levels fall comfortably below the state limit but we also need to balance withdrawals between our two sources due to the drought.
Results from another round of tests taken last week are expected shortly.