Georgetown Water Department Shares Irrigation System Maintenance Tips

The Georgetown Water Department would like to remind residents to check their irrigation systems to ensure they are running properly to help combat the drought conditions communities across the state are facing.

By fixing broken or misaligned equipment for their irrigation systems, residents can make sure that no water is wasted and that no further strain is placed on the water supply for the town.

The following are common problems and repairs from the Environmental Protection Agency that residents should be aware of to ensure their irrigation system is running as effectively and efficiently as possible:

  • Sprinklers are prone to breaking during routine lawn and landscaping maintenance or when people trip over them. Some of the key signs a sprinkler head is broken, stuck or clogged are if water is spraying wildly or not at all, or if the head doesn’t pop up.
  • Broken water lines can cause your water bill to skyrocket if left untreated. Common signs that a water line may be broken or leaking include depression in the group, water bubbling up or simply a very wet area.
  • Water valves should be checked often to ensure they haven’t become loose, causing water to continuously seep out and be wasted.
  • Sprinklers should be spaced out properly to ensure the entire yard is being covered. Make sure to place sprinklers so they spray directly onto the landscaping and not onto any nearby sidewalks or roadways.
  • If you notice that a section of your yard is being overwatered, adjust the system accordingly.
  • Create irrigation zones in your yard so that similar plants are near each other.
  • Sprinklers with higher and lower precipitation rates should not be placed in the same zone and positioned so that the water from one reaches the next one to prevent both underwatered and overwatered sections.

More information from the EPA can be found here.

Additionally, the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection has mandated that the Georgetown Water Department implement water conservation measures. As such, residents will be required to register all in ground irrigation systems, including those using private well water, with the Water Department. All future installations will require a permit. System design and capacity must be included in the permit application.

Those looking to register their irrigation systems can do so by calling Office Manager Christina Bernhard at 978-352-5750 or emailing her at [email protected].

Georgetown Water Department Announces Fall Flushing Schedule

The Georgetown Water Department announces that it will begin its fall flushing program next month.

Water main flushing will begin during the week of Oct. 5 and continue for approximately five weeks. Work will be done from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. and the first areas to be flushed will be on the western side of town near the water treatment plant.

The flushing program is done twice a year as part of the water system maintenance, and is intended to help improve water quality and extend the infrastructure’s useful lifespan.

The flushing schedule is as follows:

  • During the week of Oct. 5, flushing will be done in the Central Street, Nelson Street, Little Hill, Baldpate Road, Andover Street, West Street, and Lake Shore Drive areas.
  • During the week of Oct. 13, flushing will be done in the West Main Street, East Main Street, Elm Street, Tenney street and Searle Street areas. Work will not be done Columbus Day, Oct. 12.
  • During the week of Oct. 19, flushing will be done in the North Street and Pond Street areas.
  • During the week of Oct. 26, flushing will be done in the Jewett Street and Thurlow Street areas.
  • During the week of Nov. 2, work will be done in the Jackman Street and Warren Street areas.

Customers may temporarily experience reduced water pressure while flushing occurs in their area. Normal levels should resume once the work is completed. Customers should note that they may experience some discoloration to their water as a result of flushing, which is conducted in order to remove naturally occurring sediment from underground pipes. Any discoloration will clear in a day or two, and residents can run their water to expedite that process. Customers are advised to avoid doing laundry until water is clear, and to avoid using bleach to remove any flushing related stains because it will make the stains permanent.

For additional information, questions or concerns, please call the Georgetown Water Department office at 978-352-5750.

Georgetown Water Department Announces Planned Fire Flow Testing

The Georgetown Water Department announces that it will be conducting fire flow testing on Central Street. 

On Wednesday, Aug. 19 at approximately 10 a.m., the Georgetown Water Department will be conducting fire flow testing in CVS side parking lot at 65 Central St., which may result in temporary discoloration or water pressure disruption in the Central Street vicinity. Though outdoor water use is prohibited between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., the testing is being done within this time to ensure staff availability and to limit the impact on drivers in the area.   

The Department periodically conducts fire flow testing to ensure that water supply and pressure is sufficient to support firefighting efforts, should the need arise. The test is conducted by opening a fire hydrant.

“We apologize in advance for any inconvenience or disruption that may occur, and thank you for your understanding,” Utility Director Marlene Ladderbush said. “While we recognize the inconvenience this can have on our residents and businesses, this mandated testing is an important way to ensure that the system is working properly should a fire occur in the area.”

 

 

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Georgetown Water Department Announces Retirement of Longtime Employee

Robert Dash is retiring from the Georgetown Water Department after nearly 20 years on the job. (Photo courtesy of the Georgetown Water Department)

Utility Director Marlene Ladderbush announces the retirement of a Georgetown Water Department employee who has worked in the community for nearly two decades.

Robert W. Dash will retire on Thursday, April 30 after 19 years with the Georgetown Water Department.

“The Georgetown Water Department and Board of Water Commissioners would like to thank Bob for all he’s done for both the department and the community, and wish him luck in his future endeavors,” Ladderbush said. “He has done it all and been an essential member of the team during many of the projects we’ve completed over the years, including the demolition and replacement of the old water tanks in Georgetown.”

Dash joined the department in 2001 as a licensed drinking water professional. Over the last 19 years, he’s helped with jobs such as water treatment, water distribution, water meter change outs, system flushing, sample collection and cross connection coordination. He’s also helped to oversee the safety of dig work during construction projects in town.

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