Georgetown Water Department Announces delayed Fire Flow Testing

DUE TO THE NEED OF FURTHER WATER RESTRICTIONS THIS TEST HAS BEEN POSTPONED

GEORGETOWN — The Georgetown Water Department announces that it will conduct fire flow testing.

On Tuesday, June 24, the Georgetown Water Department will be conducting fire flow testing at 400 East Main St. and may result in temporary discoloration or water pressure disruption in the vicinity of Tenney Street, Long Hill Drive including Long Hill apartments, East Main Street and National Way.

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 understand the inconvenience that temporarily discolored water, as well as temporary low pressure, can have for our residents and businesses, so we want to apologize in advance for any disruption and thank them for their understanding,” Utility Director Marlene Ladderbush said.

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Lead and Copper Sampling 2020

The Georgetown Water Department will be conducting two Lead and Copper sampling periods this year due to the addition of a new ground water supply. 

This is a mandated requirement by MA DEP and EPA to ensure water quality.

 

Lead and copper in drinking water is primarily from materials and components associated with service lines and home plumbing. Georgetown Water Dept. is responsible for providing high quality drinking water, but cannot control the variety of materials used in home plumbing components. When your water has been sitting for several hours, you can minimize the potential for lead and copper exposure by flushing your cold water tap for 30 seconds to 2 minutes before using water for drinking or cooking.

 

We will be conducting sampling June and December 2020 instead of our usual August sampling period.  Residents that are normally on the August sampling list will be receiving door hanger information about this year’s schedule.

 

Thank you in advance for your cooperation.

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.