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.

*Joint Release* Georgetown Water and Fire Departments Announce Planned Hose Pressure Testing

GEORGETOWN — The Georgetown Water and Fire Departments announce that the Fire Department will be conducting an annual hose pressure test next week.

The hose pressure testing will take place on Wednesday, Aug. 26.  An independent safety service will conduct the tests by putting water through the fire department’s hose inventory at the maximum service pressure to ensure the hoses continue to be safe for use.

“This annual testing is an important step for the Fire Department to ensure our equipment remains safe and effective for use in town in the event of an emergency,” said Chief Fred Mitchell.

The testing will take place on Martel Way, which is located within a commercial zone in an effort to minimize the disruption to residential customers. However, residents in this area may see some effects of higher than normal water pressure in the system, including temporary water discoloration or water pressure disruption.

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

 

 

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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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House Fire July 15 2020 may cause discolored water

The Georgetown Fire Department responded to a structure fire this morning on Tenney St.

Please be aware that opening and closing hydrants can cause discolored water due to a change in flow through the water main.

Once the original conditions are re established the discoloration will subside.

If you have discolored water flushing your service by running  cold water for a few minutes in your bathroom or kitchen should eliminate the problem.

Thank you for your patience.

If you are still having problems this afternoon call the Water Office at 978-352-5750 for guidance.

 

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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