Category Archives: Water & Sewer

watering restrictions – one day a week

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Public Works

Posted on: June 26, 2020

Water Restriction Elevated to Tier 3

Nonessential water use limited to once a week

On Monday, June 22, 2020, the Board of Selectmen, following a recommendation from the Board of Water and Sewerage, announced that Medfield is now subject to a Tier 3 Water Restriction. This restriction goes into effect immediately and will remain in effect until further notice.

A Tier 3 water restriction limits nonessential water use to once per week. Even numbered houses are allowed nonessential water use on Mondays. Odd numbered houses are allowed nonessential water use on Thursdays.

Examples of nonessential outdoor water uses that are limited to once per week include but are not limited to:

  • Uses that are not required for health or safety reasons
  • Irrigation of lawns via sprinklers or automatic irrigation systems
  • Washing of vehicles other than by means of a commercial car wash, except as necessary for operator safety
  • Washing of exterior building surfaces, parking lots, driveways or sidewalks, except as necessary to apply paint, preservatives, stucco, pavement or cement

Example of an acceptable outdoor water use that is not affected:

  • Irrigation of lawns, gardens, flowers, and ornamental plants via hand held hoses only

Please note that allowed uses, or nonessential water use on the assigned day, is not permitted between the hours of 9 am and 5 pm, when evaporation and evapotranspiration are highest.

This water restriction was put into place due to the extended dry spell. In addition, daily water usage has continued to increase, despite the Tier 2 water restriction that limited water use to every other day. The Town’s water pumps are running significantly more hours per day than is typical, increasing the risk of mechanical issues. In addition, water levels in the Town’s storage tanks have declined.

The Town’s Water Rules and Regulations include additional information on water restrictions and can be found at this link. MassDEP maintains a list of all communities with water restrictions in place.

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).

Thank you for adhering to this new water restriction and working together to reduce our water consumption.

Questions about the water restriction can be directed to Director of Public Works Maurice Goulet at 508-906-3002 or mgoulet@medfield.net.

Drought declared

The emailed information below was forwarded by Town Administrator Kristine Trierweiler this afternoon. When I went following the links to find out what the declaration of drought meant, I found this map, which seems to indicate that the two days of watering per week we are now allowed is on target.

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DROUGHT

After a review of hydrologic conditions in Massachusetts, the Drought Management Task Force (DMTF) has recommended a Level 2 drought designation for all regions except the Southeast and the Cape & Islands. View the details and presentations from USGS, DCR, DEP, DER, MWRA, and NWS here.

For further information on water conservation and what residents can do, visit the Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs’ drought page, the Department of Conservation and Recreation’s drought management page, and the MassDEP Water Conservation page.

The Drought Management Task Force, chaired by the Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs and the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency, consists of officials from state and federal agencies and professional organizations with responsibility for areas likely to be affected by drought conditions. For more information, visit their website.

Watering ban details

water ban-2

 

Public Works

Posted on: June 16, 2020

Water Restriction Elevated to Tier 3

Nonessential water use limited to once a week

On Monday, June 22, 2020, the Board of Selectmen, following a recommendation from the Board of Water and Sewerage, announced that Medfield is now subject to a Tier 3 Water Restriction. This restriction goes into effect immediately and will remain in effect until further notice.

A Tier 3 water restriction limits nonessential water use to once per week. Even numbered houses are allowed nonessential water use on Mondays. Odd numbered houses are allowed nonessential water use on Thursdays.

Examples of nonessential outdoor water uses that are limited to once per week include but are not limited to:

  • Uses that are not required for health or safety reasons
  • Irrigation of lawns via sprinklers or automatic irrigation systems
  • Washing of vehicles other than by means of a commercial car wash, except as necessary for operator safety
  • Washing of exterior building surfaces, parking lots, driveways or sidewalks, except as necessary to apply paint, preservatives, stucco, pavement or cement

Example of an acceptable outdoor water use that is not affected:

  • Irrigation of lawns, gardens, flowers, and ornamental plants via hand held hoses only

Please note that allowed uses, or nonessential water use on the assigned day, is not permitted between the hours of 9 am and 5 pm, when evaporation and evapotranspiration are highest.

This water restriction was put into place due to the extended dry spell. In addition, daily water usage has continued to increase, despite the Tier 2 water restriction that limited water use to every other day. The Town’s water pumps are running significantly more hours per day than is typical, increasing the risk of mechanical issues. In addition, water levels in the Town’s storage tanks have declined.

The Town’s Water Rules and Regulations include additional information on water restrictions and can be found at this link. MassDEP maintains a list of all communities with water restrictions in place.

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).

Thank you for adhering to this new water restriction and working together to reduce our water consumption.

Questions about the water restriction can be directed to Director of Public Works Maurice Goulet at 508-906-3002 or mgoulet@medfield.net.

Day per week watering -odd Mondays / even Thursdays

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From: Nicholas Milano <nmilano@medfield.net>
Date: Mon, Jun 22, 2020 at 12:21 PM
Subject: Water Restriction
To: Kristine Trierweiler <ktrierweiler@medfield.net>

 

The Board of Water and Sewerage just voted to request the BOS to approve a Tier 3 water restriction, which would limit nonessential outdoor water use to one day per week. 

  • Even numbered houses can water lawns on Mondays
  • Odd numbered houses can water lawns on Thursdays 

Per the by-laws, the Water and Sewer makes the recommendation, but BOS has to approve it.

 

They would like it to go into effect immediately and until further notice. They also asked about communicating it out and would like us to use the Reverse 911 system.

 

This restriction is due to increasing usage (usage has increased each day over the past week) and the extended dry spell.

 

Typical, daily use is 1.5 to 1.75 million gallons per day. We are at around 2.2 million gallons per day and climbing. Even since sending out notices about the odd/even usage restrictions, the total daily usage has continued to climb.

 

The pumps are running 20 hours a day. Typically they would run 14-16 hours a day.

 

In addition, we have a risk of not maintaining enough water in the storage tanks for fire suppression.

 

Thanks,

 

Nick

 

Nicholas J. Milano

Assistant Town Administrator

Town of Medfield

459 Main Street

Medfield, MA 02052

o: 508-906-3009

Water ban to tighten

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The Water & Sewer Board will be asking the Select Board, in an emergency meeting at 3PM this afternoon, to institute a stricter water ban, given the amount of recent water usage.  I think Kris said we will be going from even odd watering to once a week watering.

This resident pleads guilty to being part of the problem – I watered my lawn twice this past week in order to try to keep it from dying.  I had to replace it twice and do not want to have to ever do so again – it was too much work.

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Date:
June 22, 2020
Time:
3:00 PM - 3:30 PM
Location:
This meeting will be held remotely on Zoom due to the COVID-19 state of emergency.
Address:
Medfield, MA 02052

$10.34 m. water treatment facility

A water treatment facility at a cost of $10.34 m. is needed to remove the iron and manganese from water the town gets from wells # 3 & 4 behind the Wheelock School.  This is the complete 147 engineering report.

20200617-Medfield Wells 3 4 WTP Preliminary Design Report – Final – May2020

This is the 6,000 sq. ft. building one gets –

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This was the email received yesterday transmitting the report.

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Dear Selectmen,

 

In case you did not know, we received the preliminary design report for the water filtration project.  As a refresher, this is to remove naturally occurring high levels of manganese in our well water, and to re-develop Wells 3 and 4.  It is a 147 page document, attached for your perusal in case it has not been forwarded to you yet.

 

We decided to get it on everyone’s radar, and we posted it to the Town website.

 

This is tracking to a $10.34 MM project, that will be presented at the ATM in 2021.

filtration project

 

All the best,

 

Bill Harvey

 

Chairman

Medfield Board of Water and Sewerage

Water ban

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More details on the water ban

Dear Selectmen,

 

Just a quick note that pursuant to our water withdrawal permits and the measured low stream level on the Charles River, we hit a threshold that a triggered the Town of Medfield to go to our Tier 2 of our water conservation measures:

“Nonessential water use allowed every other day. Even numbered addresses will be allowed to lawn water on even numbered calendar days. Odd numbered addresses will be allowed to lawn water on odd numbered calendar days.”

 “Lawn watering allowed outside the hours of 9am to 5pm on designated day.

Maurice and his team will be putting up the appropriate signs on the street level, and this is also listed on the town website.

 

Stay cool,

 

Bill Harvey

 

Chairman

Medfield Board of Water and Sewerage

Even-odd water ban

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From: Nicholas Milano
Date: Tue, Jun 16, 2020 at 12:54 PM
Subject: Water conservation restriction
To: Kristine Trierweiler

 

Effective June 4, Medfield is subject to a Tier 2 water conservation restriction. Tier 2 means that nonessential water use is limited to every other day (even numbered houses on even days; odd numbered houses on odd days).

 

We posted the restriction on the Town website to comply with MassDEP regulations and our water management act requirements on June 4.

 

Due to continued lack of rainfall, and high usage, we are planning to expand our efforts at letting residents know about the restrictions, including the website, social media, and the sign boards.

 

Thanks

 

 

Nicholas J. Milano

Assistant Town Administrator

Town of Medfield

459 Main Street

Medfield, MA 02052

o: 508-906-3009

Monday repairs to the Hawthorne Booster Station

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From Kristine Trierweiler –

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On Monday, March 23, the Medfield Water Department will be conducting necessary, planned, repairs to the Hawthorne Booster Station.  This will work will begin at 8:00 am and should only last a few hours.  During this time, your neighborhood may notice a decrease in water pressure.  If you have any questions, please contact the Water Department at 508-906-3004 or email Tracey Klenk at tklenk@medfield.net.

Below is a list of the streets that may be affected:

  • Alcott Way
  • Boyden Road
  • Chestnut Lane
  • Derby Lane
  • Hawthorne Drive
  • Martingale Lane
  • Minuteman Road
  • Overfield Drive
  • Pederzini Drive
  • Pine Street (part)
  • Quail Run
  • Quarry Road
  • Snow Hill Lane
  • Steeplechase Drive
  • Sturbridge Road
  • Vine Brook Road
  • Walden Court

Thank you,

Kristine Trierweiler

Town Administrator

ktrierweiler@medfield.net

508-906-3011

Water & sewer rate increases

From Bill Harvey, Chair of Water & Sewer –

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Medfield Water and Sewerage

Rate Setting Public Hearing

28 May 2019

 

Information Brief

 

Rates for water and sewerage services are set once a year.  The Board of Water and Sewerage, along with the DPW Director and the Water and Sewerage Enterprise Fund Committees have recommended the following increases:

Water +10% across all Tiers

Sewerage +4% across all Tiers

These rates will be effective April 1, 2019.

 

Background

  1. Water

It has been in the Master Plan to address elevated levels of natural-occurring manganese in two of our five wells.

The US EPA has not published a Maximum Contaminant Level (MCL), which are health-based limits, for manganese. The USEPA and the MA DEP do have a Secondary MCL (SMCL) concentration limits of 0.05 mg/l, which is for:

Aesthetic effects — undesirable tastes or odors;

Cosmetic effects — effects which do not damage the body but are still undesirable

Technical effects — damage to water equipment or reduced effectiveness of treatment for other contaminants

In the last few years, a consultant has completed a study on a treatment plant and alternatives.

One of the alternatives was to investigate all Medfield land parcels for an aquifer source of sufficient quantity and quality to avoid a treatment plant.  This investigation was conducted in 2017 and 2018.  Unfortunately, no other significant water sources were found. Also in 2018, we conducted a treatment pilot which compared different treatment options and designs, and this information will be used for designing a full-scale plant.

The Town is proceeding with detailed design and development of procurement documents for the treatment plant, which will include a re-development of one of its wells to increase the instantaneous pumping capacity.  This should relieve some of the pumping burden on our largest well, Well #6.

The capital investment for this project is currently estimated at $8 million.  We expect this project to be brought to the Annual Town Meeting in May 2021, and construction to begin in July 2021.

The 10% rate increase for this fiscal period will be followed by another rate increase the following year, projected to be another 10% to pay for the bond and additional operating costs.

 

  1. Sewerage

There are some increases in operating costs to operate our sewerage system.  The primary driver for this year’s increase is the addition of another full-time employee, which was mandated as per a Consent Order with the DEP for Medfield to increase of staff at the wastewater treatment plant.