News, Notices, and Projects


November Brush Pile Weekend Hours

The Ames Way brush and compost piles will be open extended hours for the month of November.  The Ames Way facility will be open Saturdays from 8 am to 4 pm and Sundays from noon to 4 pm.  The normal weekday schedule (7:30 am to 2:30 pm) remains unchanged.  These hours are subject to change should the Town enter snow and ice operations.  The facility will be closed Friday, November 10th.

Flushing Program and Discolored Water Complaints

The following is the hydrant flushing schedule for Wednesday, December 6, 2017, and Thursday, December 7, 2017.  This  work is expected to take place between 9:00 am and 5:00 pm..  Depending on the progress of the flushing, additional streets may be added.  This work is scheduled for daytime hours due to predicted cold temperatures at night that could cause icing on the roadway.   Please check back for details.  The goals of the program are to purge discolored water and sediments from the distribution system, and to exercise system valves and hydrants to ensure that they are operational and ready to use if necessary.   Please do not hesitate to contact the DPW office (781-826-3189) if you notice prolonged dirty water in your area.

King Street Briggs Lane
Russell Road Clark Circle
Osprey Lane Briarwood Drive
Sunnyside Ave Great Acres Drive
School Street King Hill Road
B-Street Olde Forge Road
Industrial Way Wilder Lane
Tilden Lane Ingle Lane Lane

Water Restrictions in Effect

Water restrictions are now in effect in Hanover.  This action is necessary due to water demand that is exceeding the ability of the Town's well fields and treatment plants to adequately supply the demand.  The Town's primary concern is to ensure adequate reserves of water for drinking water purposes and to fight fires.  Effective immediately, the outdoor use of water is restricted to odd numbered homes on odd days and even numbered homes on even days between the hours of 6 am to 9 am and 6 pm to 9 pm.  During this period, outdoor water use shall be limited to hand held hoses only.  The use of sprinklers of any kind is prohibited.  The restrictions will be reevaluated as precipitation and water demand return to their normal state.  We ask for your cooperation to ensure the ongoing availability of the supply.  For a complete description of the restrictions, please click on the following link.

2015 Water Restriction notice (PDF)

Meter Replacement Program

The DPW is stepping up its efforts to replace aging water meters.  The goal of this multi-year program is to replace all water meters over a ten year cycle.  Virtually all existing meters can currently be read through a touchpad mounted on the side of the house.  20 percent of the existing meters can be read from the street via a radio .  The goal of the program is to convert all meters to radio reads.  While improving meter reading efficiency, the newer technology has additional benefits such as minimization of meter reading errors, minimization of the need to access private property, and the ability to detect if there is a probable leak in the plumbing system.

Select houses will receive a notice explaining that the water meter is scheduled for replacement.  The notice will provide instructions on how to schedule an appointment.  The installation will typically take 15-30 minutes and will be performed by Town personnel.  An adult must be home at the time of the installation.  

Questions on the program may be addressed to Deputy Superintendent Neal Merritt at 781-826-3189.

Please click on the following link for more information regarding the meter replacement program.
    Meter Replacement Program Fact Sheet

Disinfection Byproducts

Notices were recently sent to every postal address in Hanover describing the Town's violation of Federal standards for disinfection byproduct in the water.  We have created a special web page to further inform the public on the problem and the steps we are taking to solve the problem.  Please click on the link below for more information on Disinfection Byproducts.  

Disinfection Byproducts Page

2015 Water Consumer Confidence Report

The DPW is proactive in its quest to provide the highest quality of water possible. Please click on the following link for a narrative of the steps and tests that are performed to ensure the quality of the water:  2015 Consumer Confidence Report

Transfer Station Changes

Residents may notice a backlog of construction and demolition (C&D) debris at the Transfer Station early in the week.  Changes in our C&D handling at the station as a result of noise complaints from neighbors are forcing us to  send out containers when they are less than full.  Our current vendor is attempting to service us more often to keep up with the increased flow and we have ordered additional containers.  We ask for your patience as  we adjust our operations.  Residents are reminded that the C&D container is provided as a convenience to residents who have small quantities of such waste.  In order to minimize costs, we ask that all material, including wooden furniture that may be placed in the container, be cut into two foot lengths.  This allows the loads leaving the station to go out as full as possible.  The town pays for the weight of the material in addition to a flat rate amount for each load.  Minimizing the number of loads saves money.

In addition to the Construction and Demolition changes, we are exploring options to reduce noise with the handling of metails and bulky furtiture.  Please check back for more information about these programs.