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.

Spring Flushing Details

The Georgetown Water Department (GWD) is conducting its semi-annual flushing program, which is performed every spring and fall. A consistent flushing program is part of our water system maintenance and is intended to help improve water quality and extend infrastructure lifecycle.

Water main flushing will begin on Monday, April 13th, and will continue each weekday through mid- May between the hours of 9:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. Flushing involves Water Department personnel operating fire hydrants to scour the inside wall of the pipes, thereby removing sediment and mineral buildup that occurs at low water velocities.

The first areas to be flushed will be on the western side of town near the water treatment plant. Major streets include Baldpate Road, Andover Street and West Street.

Each week, flushing will continue using the following sequence:

  • the week of April 13th – Central Street/Nelson Street/Little Hill/Lake Shore Drive areas
  • the week of April 20th – West Main St/East Main St/Elm St/Tenney St/Searle St areas
  • the week of April 27th – North Street/Pond Street areas.
  • the week of May 4th – Jewett Street/Thurlow Street areas.
  • the week of May 11th – Jackman Street/Warren Street areas.

During water main flushing, you may temporarily experience a reduction in your water pressure. Once the flushing operation is concluded for the day, the pressure will return to normal levels. During and following flushing operations, you may experience dirty water in your home water system for a day or two. These impacts may affect streets a considerable distance away from the flushing hydrants. In the event that you have dirty water run the cold water at each faucet for several minutes before each use. By the end of the day, the water quality should return to pre-flushing operation conditions.

Domestic water service and fire protection will still be maintained during the flushing program.

Thank you for your patience and understanding. We apologize for any inconvenience this required maintenance operation may cause.

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