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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Georgetown Water Department Updates Outdoor Water Use Restrictions

GEORGETOWN — The Georgetown Water Department has implemented outdoor water use restrictions, effective immediately.

Outdoor lawn and garden watering is prohibited between the hours of 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. daily until further notice.

Beginning June 22nd   Odd/Even enhanced restrictions will be mandated.

Odd numbered addresses may only water  on odd calendar days (outside of ban hours).

Even numbered addresses may only water on even calendar days (outside of ban hours).

Residents are urged to adjust their irrigation system controllers to outside ban hours.

The Georgetown Water Department utilizes emergency restrictions or bans on non-essential water use to reduce water consumption by residents as the department measures water supply and demand.

 

Water Department staff will monitor the community and violators will be notified.

 

1st offense – warning of noncompliance

2nd offense – $50 fine

3rd offense – removal from water system

 

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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.