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NOTICE OF HYDRANT FLUSHING

 

The Lynnfield Center Water District will conduct a high velocity water main flushing of the distribution system during normal business hours beginning the week of September 24, 2018 through the month of October. This is part of the ongoing regular maintenance of the water distribution system.

Please refer to the District’s web site at www.LCWD.US for the complete listing of street schedule dates and times for flushing. Any changes and updates to the schedule will be posted on our web site.

Residents may experience discolored water, low pressure or no pressure during this process. Discolored water should clear after running their cold water for a short period of time. Residents are also advised to avoid doing laundry during the flushing period and to check their water first by running cold water for a few minutes after each day’s flushing period before starting their washing machine. If a customer experiences lower pressure at their faucet after the flushing, they should check the faucet screen for particles which may have collected and clean it out if necessary.

Customers may contact the Lynnfield Center Water District Office at 1.781.334.3901 with any questions.


HYDRANT FLUSHING 2018 SCHEDULE

 

Please go to our ”FLUSHING” page to view the street schedule for hydrant flushing.


DEP WATER MAIN FLUSHING FAQ

 

Please click the link to review the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection Water Main Flushing FAQ for Customers.

Adobe MASS DEP Water Main Flushing FAQ for Consumers


TEST RESULTS FROM OUR SAMPLING SITES

 

Please go to our ”RESULTS” page to view the results of our recent Iron and Manganese testing.


September 24, 2018 Board Meeting - Change in Location

 

The September 24, 2018 Board meeting will be held in the cafeteria at the Lynnfield Middle School at 6:30 PM.


September 10, 2018 Board Meeting - Change in Location

 

The September 10, 2018 Board meeting will be held in the cafeteria at the Lynnfield Middle School at 6:30 PM.


UPDATE FROM THE LCWD ADDRESSING CUSTOMER CONCERNS

 

The Lynnfield Center Water District (hereinafter the “District”) is committed to providing safe, clean drinking water to its ratepayers. In recent months, the District has been receiving complaints of discolored water by a limited number of ratepayers in localized areas of the District. The water that is being produced from the District wells is continuously monitored for quality and disinfection to ensure clean and safe drinking water. The water, in these wells, contains naturally-occurring minerals including iron and manganese. While the water is being pumped to your homes, these minerals adhere to the sides of the pipes. During times of high demand, hydrant flushing, water main breaks and firefighting activities, customers may experience some discolored water due to flow direction changes. Changes in flow can disturb these minerals causing them to be sent to customers’ taps. If you have discolored water, flush your cold water taps until the water runs clear to ensure the water is safe for drinking. The District has always tested the water pursuant to the rigorous requirements of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (hereinafter “DEP”). Iron and Manganese are naturally-occurring minerals found in water supplies that utilize ground water wells, which are drilled into aquifers. The DEP regulates the allowable levels of these naturally-occurring minerals in drinking water supplies. The District has been monitoring the levels of iron and manganese throughout the distribution system and will inform the customers if any health concerns were to arise.

To address these recent concerns the District has instituted a three-part response to the discolored water:

I. The District has sought the services of the global engineering firm, CDM Smith, to engineer a new filtration plant to further reduce the mineral deposits into the water supply. This plan will be presented for approval to the ratepayers of the District in a special district meeting in October 2018. Upon approval by the ratepayers, pursuant to state law, the plan will be submitted to the DEP for its approval.

II. The District has purchased advanced flushing equipment and has scheduled extensive flushes of the District water lines, which will reduce some of the iron and manganese mineral buildup inside the District’s water lines. Once the seasonal demand has been reduced, said flushing will occur. The flushing is currently scheduled for September 2018, assuming the water demand has returned to normal levels.

III. The District, at its August 27, 2018, meeting voted to provide a one-hundred-dollar ($100.00) rebate program to any ratepayer of the District for the purchase of a home water filtration system. The District also voted to provide a one-hundred-dollar ($100.00) rebate to any ratepayer of the District for the plumbing services necessary for the installation of the home filtration system.

Customers may contact the Lynnfield Center Water District Office at 1.781.334.3901 or refer to the District’s web site www.LCWD.US for continued updates.

Constance E. Leccese, Chairwoman Board of Water Commissioners Lynnfield Center Water District 83 Phillips Road +1.781.334.3901 www.LCWD.US


WATER BREAK ON WILLARD LANE UPDATE 12:30 PM

 

The break has been repaired and water has been restored to Willard Lane. Residents in the Willard Lane area may experience brief discoloration of the water. Customers are advised to flush the cold water tap before use. Thank you for your patience.


WATER BREAK ON WILLARD LANE

 

August 29, 2018 A.M. - Residents on Willard Lane will be affected. Some residents on Carter Road may be affected as well. Please refer back to the website throughout the day for updates. We apologize for the inconvenience.


WATER BREAK ON CREST ROAD UPDATE

 

The water break on Crest Road has been repaired and service has been restored.


WATER BREAK ON CREST ROAD

 

August 28, 2018 A.M. - Water break on Crest Road. LCWD Crew is on scene. The water should be restored by mid-afternoon.


Water Restored in the Glen Meadow Area 8/13/18 8:00 PM

 

Water Service has been restored to the Glen Meadow Area. Customers throughout the district may experience discolored water. Customers are advised to flush the cold water tap before use. Thank you for your patience.


Water Main Break in the Glen Meadow Area - August 13, 2018

 

Homes in the specific area of the break may be without water for an extended period of time while we repair the break. Other areas within the district may experience discoloration. Please refer back to the website for updates. We apologize for any inconvenience.


MAIN PUMP STATION WELL #2 NOTICE

 

After following protocols set forth by the Mass DEP, the Main Street Pumping Station Well #2 has been placed back into service. In accordance with the EPA Ground Water Rule, a series of resamples were taken and all tested absent for Total Coliform and E. coli. At no time was there any threat to public health or the drinking water system.

With written approval from Mass DEP, the Main Street Pumping Station was placed back in service as of August 3, 2018. Some customers in the Main Street, Lowell Street, Chestnut Street, Apple Hill area and North Hill area may experience discolored water as a result of significant flow changes in the area. The LCWD will try and minimize the impact on these areas by controlling start and stop times at our pumping stations.

The Lynnfield Center Water District will continue, as it always has, to monitor water quality in accordance with state and federal guidelines for health and safety.


July 25, 2018 Drinking Water Notice

 

Please click the link to review the Drinking Water Notice to all users of the Lynnfield Center Water District.

LCWD Drinking Water Notice


Manganese MASS DEP Fact Sheet

 

Please click the link to review the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection Manganese in Drinking Water Fact Sheet.

Adobe MASS DEP Manganese FAQ for Consumers


WATER RESTRICTION NOTICE

 

The Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) has mandated the Lynnfield Center Water District further restrict outside water use. UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE, LAWN SPRINKLERS ARE NOT ALLOWED AT ANYTIME. A HAND HELD HOSE MAY BE USED. As this restriction must be enforced by order of the DEP, Violators will be fine.

$50.00 for first offense and $100.00 for subsequent offenses.

Thank you for your cooperation.


LCWD REACTIVATION OF FLUORIDE NOTICE

 

The Lynnfield Center Water District has received formal approval from the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection to reactivate fluoridation equipment. Effective June 1, 2018, fluoride was reinstituted into the drinking water.


WATER USE RESTRICTION MESSAGE

 

The Lynnfield Center Water District is raising the level of restriction on outdoor watering to the use of a “hand-held hose only.” This action is effective immediately due to the Water Management Act Permit conditions required by the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection. These restrictions are also necessary for the District to maintain an adequate water supply for fire protection and domestic use. Violations of the restrictions are subject to a fine or fines.

Constance E. Leccese, Chairwoman Board of Water Commissioners Lynnfield Center Water District 83 Phillips Road Lynnfield, MA 01940 781.334.3901 www.LCWD.US


WATER MAIN FLUSHING FAQ FOR CONSUMERS

 

Please click the link to review the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection Water Main Flushing FAQ for Consumers.

Adobe MASS DEP Water Main Flushing FAQ for Consumers


BOARD OF SELECTMAN MEETING ON JUNE 4, 2018

 

The Lynnfield Board of Selectmen invites all residents that reside in the Lynnfield Center Water District (LCWD) to attend its meeting on Monday June 4 at 7:00 p.m. at the Merritt Center, 600 Market St. The Board of Selectmen has invited LCWD Superintendent Kenneth Burnham and the LCWD Board of Commissioners to present on the operations, practices, and oversight of the district as well as long- and short-term capital plans.

Lynnfield’s two water districts are independent governmental agencies. Lynnfield Center Water District was established in 1939 by an act of the Massachusetts legislature and serves Lynnfield Center. Its water supply is from wells operated by the District. Lynnfield Water District was established in 1924 by an act of the Massachusetts legislature and serves the southern portion of Lynnfield. Its water supply is from the Massachusetts Water Resources Authority (MWRA).

While both water districts are independent of the Town of Lynnfield municipal government, the districts work closely with Town government on many issues affecting residents and businesses.

The Lynnfield Center Water District wants to assure residents that our water is safe for drinking, is regularly tested, and meets all federal and state standards. We are happy to inform the residents about the measures we are taking to ensure that our drinking water remains safe for residents and to improve our systems.

Selectmen Chair Dick Dalton said, “It is important to me that the Town work cooperatively with these important agencies. Members of the board have heard concerns so it is appropriate that we provide a forum for Center Water District to provide residents with information about operations and practices and share their plans for the future with their customers. We invite all interested parties to attend."


Special District Meeting

 

The Lynnfield Center Water District Board of Water Commissioners will have a special district meeting at 7:00PM on Monday, June 18, 2018 during their regular board meeting to vote to appropriate by transfer, a sum of money to cover unanticipated costs that occurred in Fiscal Year 2018 and to supplement the Fiscal Year 2019 budget.

Constance E. Leccese, Chairperson Board of Water Commissioners Lynnfield Center Water District 83 Phillips Road Lynnfield, MA 01940 +1.781.334.3901 www.LCWD.US


YEAR ROUND WATER USE RESTRICTION

 

The Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection has mandated that the Public Water Suppliers of the fourteen cities and towns within the Ipswich River Basin institute Water Restrictions to reduce outdoor use of water.

The Lynnfield Center Water District has a water use restriction in force throughout the entire year, every year. The use of sprinklers, watering devices, or in-ground irrigation systems is restricted to even numbered calendar days between the hours of 5 PM and 9 PM. Use of a hand held hose with an attached nozzle is permitted at any time. When drought condition or water emergencies exist, additional restrictions may be announced and imposed to further restrict the outside use of water. Such restrictions could include hand-held watering only or a total ban on outside water use. As the district must impose this regulation, violators will be fined.

Consumers can help to reduce the Ipswich River draw down by conserving outside water use as much as possible. This would also result in a lower water bill at the end of the year.

Thank you for your cooperation in our efforts to conserve water.

Posted: 1/2/2017


NOTICE OF HYDRANT FLUSHING, STREET SWEEPING AND POSSIBLE DISCOLORED WATER

 

The Lynnfield Center Water District will conduct water main flushing of the distribution system during the hours of 9AM to 3PM on Mondays through Thursdays through the first of June. This is part of the ongoing regular maintenance of the water distribution system and is in conjunction with the Lynnfield DPW street sweeping programs.

Hydrant flushing is an important preventative maintenance activity enabling the District to remove sediments or other solids that may collect in water mains. Flushing also helps to maintain water quality and fire flows in the distribution system. Should you experience rusty water, please run the cold water until clear. Discoloration may stain laundry, especially white materials. Washing a dark load is recommended first after flushing is completed. Residents are also advised to avoid doing laundry during the flushing period and to check their water first by running cold water for a few minutes after each day’s flushing period before starting their washing machine. If after flushing, the water pressure or volume seems low, residents should clean faucet screens to remove any silt or sediment that may be obstructing water flow.

Please contact us at 781.334.3901 should you have any questions.


NOTICE OF ANNUAL DISTRICT MEETING

 

The Lynnfield Center Water District (LCWD) public Annual District Meeting will be held on Monday, April 2, 2018 in the District’s office, 83 Phillips Road, Lynnfield MA at 7:00 PM. The 26 Article Warrant was closed on March 12, 2018 and has been posted in 3 public places in addition to the District’s web site www.lcwd.us under the Governance page. All ratepayers / voter residents of the District are eligible to attend, participate in the meeting, and vote. Included in the Warrant are Articles to be acted upon for the Election of three District Officials, Fiscal Year 2019 Operating Budget, Sources of Funding, various ongoing and future infrastructure projects, and funding of various accounts. Constance E. Leccese, Chairperson Board of Water Commissioners Lynnfield Center Water District 83 Phillips Road Lynnfield, MA 01940 +1.781.334.3901 www.LCWD.US


NOTICE OF ANNUAL AND SPECIAL DISTRICT MEETING

 

**Warrants closing March 12, 2018.** The Lynnfield Center Water District Board of Water Commissioners will vote at 7:00PM on Monday March 12, 2018 during their regular board meeting to close the Warrants for the April 2, 2018 Annual and Special District Meetings. Any articles to be placed upon the Warrant for either meeting must be received in writing by the Clerk of the District prior to 7:00PM Monday March 12, 2018. Constance E. Leccese, Chairperson Board of Water Commissioners Lynnfield Center Water District 83 Phillips Road Lynnfield, MA 01940 +1.781.334.3901 www.LCWD.US


2016 DRINKING WATER QUALITY REPORT AVAILABLE

 

The Lynnfield Center Water District Calendar Year 2016 Drinking Water Quality Report was mailed to all ratepayers in their June 21 water bill. Additional copies are available in the District office during regular business hours. A downloadable PDF digital copy is available on the Quality page of this website.

Posted: 6/22/2017


HYDRANT FLUSHING AND POSSIBLE DISCOLORED WATER

 

The Water District will conduct water main flushing of the distribution system during the hours of 10AM to 2PM on Mondays through Thursdays through May. This is part of the ongoing regular maintenance of the water distribution system and is in conjunction with the Lynnfield Fire Department’s fire flow testing and Lynnfield DPW’s ’ street sweeping programs.

Because the entire water distribution system is interconnected, opening a hydrant in one part of the system may cause a change in water flow in any other part of the system and therefore potentially result in isolated temporary discolored water during the flushing period.

Residents may experience discolored water, which should clear after running their cold water at the highest faucet within their house for a short period of time. Residents are also advised to avoid doing laundry during the flushing period and to check their water first by running cold water for a few minutes after each day’s flushing period before starting their washing machine. If a customer experiences lower pressure at their faucet after the flushing, they should check the faucet screen for particles which may have collected and clean it out if necessary.

Customers may contact the Lynnfield Center Water District Office at 1.781.334.3901 for more information.

Posted: 4/13/2017


WATER SERVICE FAILURE, DO I NEED INSURANCE OR A MAINTENANCE AGREEMENT?

 

Periodically property-owners may receive solicitations from companies offering them insurance or some form of a maintenance agreement to protect them from the costs incurred to repair or replace their water service. Although the Water District maintains the water main, gate valve, and meter serving the property, the portion of water pipe running underground from the property line into the building is the responsibility of the owner. Typically water service lines should last thirty to fifty years. Some of the original cast iron services installed in the 1940’s are more susceptible to rusting out and most services installed since then used copper tubing which does not rust out. One factor that may accelerate the deterioration of copper tubing is a poor or improper grounding of the building’s electrical system. This could result in electrical current flowing through the copper pipe causing electrolysis which may corrode the pipe.

As with any decision to purchase insurance or maintenance agreements, the property owner needs to evaluate the financial risk over time versus the ongoing cost of the agreement. The Water District does not advise or oppose the purchase of any agreement nor does it recommend or endorse any specific agreement or company.

Posted: 12/30/2013


 
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