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DPW alert on water restrictions

Water restriction explanation issued today by the DPW – “All non-essential outdoor water use (except watering with a handheld hose) is prohibited

Water Conservation Restrictions

Current Water Conservation Status (updated Sept 8, 2022): The Town of Medfield is in a Level 2 – SIGNIFICANT DROUGHT status. 

The Massachusetts Drought Management Task Force meets periodically to re-evaluate the conditions of the State’s water supply. We remind all residents that the Town of Medfield is in a Tier 4 water restriction until the drought status improves. All non-essential outdoor water use (except watering with a handheld hose) is prohibited at this time (this includes irrigation of new and existing lawns, car washing, house power washing etc.) We thank each and every one of our Medfield residents for their diligence in following the current water restrictions. 

More information about the state’s drought declaration is available here: https://www.mass.gov/info-details/drought-status  

Thank you for your cooperation and understanding. If you have any questions, please contact the Water Department at 508-906-3004 or by email to mgoulet@medfield.net 

Information about Water Restrictions:

When elevated restrictions are in place, nonessential outdoor water uses that are subject to mandatory restrictions include: 

  • Irrigation of lawns via sprinklers or automatic irrigation systems; 
  • Washing of vehicles, except in a commercial car wash or as necessary for operator safety; 
  • Washing of exterior building surfaces, parking lots, driveways or sidewalks, except as necessary to apply surface treatments such as paint, preservatives, stucco, pavement or cement. 

Water uses not subject to mandatory restrictions are those required: 

  • For health or safety reasons; 
  • By regulation; 
  • For the production of food and fiber; 
  • For the maintenance of livestock; 
  • To meet the core functions of a business (for example, irrigation by plant nurseries as necessary to maintain stock).

Watering lawns still banned

Maurice Goulet, Director of the DPW addressed the status of the drought and the watering ban issues at the Select Board meeting last night.

My key take always were:

  1. despite recent rains and an easing of the drought tiers, the town still has an outdoor watering ban in effect, so that only hand held outdoor watering is currently permitted.
  2. Moe said that the town will re-examine that status in the near term (week to two weeks), to see if lawn irrigation can be permitted so as to allow residents to plant and establish new grass this fall before it becomes too late to do so.

For those like me searching for a lawn solution beyond my current tall fescue, I recently came across this interesting drought tolerant and very expensive grass, sold at Whole Foods Market.

I just bought a lot of white clover seed, to reinstall the clover in my lawn, which my recent reading tells me I killed off by fertilizing the grass. But clover needs watering too.

Rte. 109 construction starts Friday & will take a week

This alert this afternoon from the DPW –

DPW 2022 Projects

Summer 2022 Roadway Projects 

Main Street (Route 109) from Brook Street to the Dover Town Line / Brook Street from Main Street to Green Street

  • Paving is scheduled to begin on Friday, August 19 and take approximately one week until completion. Prep work will begin the week of August 15. Construction will take place during the day; traffic delays are anticipated and we encourage drivers to seek alternate routes. 

COMPLETE Evergreen / Longmeadow area 

COMPLETE North Street from Frairy Street to Pine Street

Picture of North St at Frairy from August 2022

COMPLETE West Street from North Meadows Road to the Millis Town Line

Picture of West Street at Bridge from August 2022
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North Street paving going fast

North Street being paved today

Planned Street Repairs

From Assistant Town Administrator, Nicholas Milano –

We posted a note on the website about the following upcoming street construction projects: https://www.town.medfield.net/587/7921/DPW-Projects 

  1. Evergreen / Longmeadow areawork is scheduled to begin on July 5 and July 6, streets included are: Evergreen Way, Kamark Drive, Longmeadow Road, Spring Valley Road, Stonybrook Road, Surrey Run and Woodfall Road.
  2. North Street from Janes Ave to Pine Street: work is scheduled to begin the week of July 11 and take approximately two weeks, weather permitting. Traffic delays are anticipated and we encourage drivers to seek alternate routes.  
  3. West Street from North Meadows Road to the Millis Town Line: work is scheduled to begin the week of July 11Traffic delays are anticipated and we encourage drivers to seek alternate routes.  

Well #6 repair causes water use restrictions – nonessential outdoor water use prohibited

Water Conservation Restrictions

Current Water Conservation Status: Tier 4 – All nonessential outdoor water use is prohibited, effective May 5, 2022

Due to an emergency equipment repair at Well #6, we have had to take the well offline. As a result, the Department of Public Works has declared an immediate Tier 4 water restriction: nonessential outdoor water use, except by handheld hose, is prohibited. 

We anticipate completing the repairs within 2 to 4 weeks and will continue to provide updates. 
Thank you for your cooperation and understanding. If you have any questions, please contact the Water Department at 508-906-3004 or by email to mgoulet@medfield.net 

The Town has five active water wells: 
Wells 1 and 2, located along the Charles River off Route 109
Wells 3 and 4, located off Elm Street, behind the Wheelock School. The Town is currently building a new water treatment plant to treat manganese at Wells 3 and 4. The project also includes establishing a new Well 3A to replace the existing Well 3 which is failing. 
Well 6, located off Route 27 near the Sherborn Town Line. Well 6 is the Town’s highest producing well

In 2021, Well 6 pumped approximately 53% of the Town’s total water supply. In 2020, it pumped approximately 55% of the total. 

Information about Water Restrictions:
When elevated restrictions are in place, nonessential outdoor water uses that are subject to mandatory restrictions include: 
Irrigation of lawns via sprinklers or automatic irrigation systems; 
Washing of vehicles, except in a commercial car wash or as necessary for operator safety; 
Washing of exterior building surfaces, parking lots, driveways or sidewalks, except as necessary to apply surface treatments such as paint, preservatives, stucco, pavement or cement. 
The following uses may be allowed when mandatory restrictions are in place: 
Irrigation to establish a new lawn and new plantings during the months of May and September;
Irrigation of public parks and recreational fields by means of automatic sprinklers outside the hours of 9am to 5pm; 
Irrigation of lawns, gardens, flowers and ornamental plants by means of a hand-held hose. 

Water uses not subject to mandatory restrictions are those required: 
For health or safety reasons; 
By regulation; 
For the production of food and fiber; 
For the maintenance of livestock; 
To meet the core functions of a business (for example, irrigation by plant nurseries as necessary to maintain stock).

Henri

Email today from Town Administrator, Kristine Trierweiler, also sharing the Eversource storm update –

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Chief Carrico is closely monitoring the storm as Emergency Management Director. We have staffed additional public safety personnel including the DPW through Monday. 


8/22 8:30am Eversource Hurricane Henri Update

Good morning,

As of 8:30 a.m., the company does not have storm-related outages on its Massachusetts system. Eversource has crews staged throughout its service area Sunday morning in preparation for any damage caused by the high winds and heavy rain of Hurricane Henri.

The storm has changed track several times in its approach to New England and is now tracking further to the east, which could increase wind impacts in Eastern Massachusetts. Eversource is prepared to shift resources as necessary to respond to hardest-hit areas. Rainfall of 2 to 5 inches is predicted for Western Massachusetts, with up to 1½ inches forecasted for eastern areas. Peak wind gusts could reach 70 mph on the South Shore, Cape Cod and Islands; 55 mph in Boston and other areas of Eastern Massachusetts; and 45 mph in Western Massachusetts. Winds are expected to peak Sunday between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. in eastern areas, and between 3 p.m. and midnight in western areas.

Arbor Day celebration yesterday

Select Board Chair Michael Marcucci reads the Arbor Day proclamation yesterday afternoon, while the Brownie Troop that arranged for the two cherry trees to be planted in front of the post office look on and then mulched the trees. The DPW’s Robert Kennedy, Jr. assisted the Brownies with the mulch.

Photos by Pamela Bates

Pam McCarthy and Kate Holmes, the Leaders of Brownie Troop 82076 stated:

“The girls felt special, and so happy to get together (in person, hooray!) as a group to do something meaningful for the town. Those beautiful cherry trees will be there for years to come, and I’m sure each time they drive by, they will fondly remember that those are ‘their trees.’  And we, as their parents, will take pride in thinking the same! What a wonderful way to wrap up the school year for them!”

Transfer Station stickers available

May 01, 2021

2021-2023 TFS STICKERS ARE AVAILABLE NOW


 MEDFIELD TRANSFER STATION

You can now use our On-line Service for Transfer Station Permits 2021-2023… Read on