The Lynnfield Center Water District (LCWD) is committed to providing safe, clean drinking water to its ratepayers. In recent months, the District has been receiving complaints of discolored water 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.
For the majority of LCWD customers, discolored water is a rare occurrence. Most likely if you do not experience discolored water with any kind of regularity, you will not be affected.
As soon as the demand for water drops, the District will begin its semi annual water main flushing program. This program is the mid-term action plan to scour the inner linings of the pipes. Water main flushing uses high volumes of water systematically flushed through specific hydrants to clean the distribution system.
Our long term plans include the construction of an iron and manganese removal treatment plant at the Glen Drive Wells. The District is already in the design and engineering phase of this $5.25 million dollar project and hopes to have the plans in place in mid October for a District wide vote. This filter plant should alleviate the majority of quality concerns in the areas impacted by discolored water. The District is also exploring other source options such as new wells and outside water sources.
The water that is being produced from the District wells is clear and safe for drinking. It is continuously monitored for quality and disinfection. If you have discolored water flush your taps until the water runs clear to ensure the water is coming from the distribution system. The District has been monitoring iron and manganese levels through the system. The levels reported meet all the state and federal guidelines for safe drinking water.
The water in the LCWD comes from a number of groundwater wells. The water from these wells contain 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 and during times of high usages, like hydrant flushing, firefighting activity and water main failures, are stirred up causing them to become suspended and discoloring the water.
When you experience discolored water coming from your tap confirm that it is coming from the cold water only. If it is, let the cold water run for 5-10 minutes. If it does not clear, stop running the water and try again a little later.
LCWD recommends that homeowners with discolored water concerns install a whole house filter specifically for the removal of suspended Iron and Manganese. LCWD is working to finalize a whole house filter rebate program offering up to $200 for purchase and installation of a whole house filter. This is the quickest way for homeowners to take corrective action.
LCWD is monitoring several sites for iron and manganese content on an ongoing basis. View the results here.