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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."


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


Postings as of Summer 2017

 

Important news, information, or messages of interest to consumers and rate payers, changed whenever we have new information to post, please check back here periodically.


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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