Water Treatment Division


What we do:

Operate three drinking water treatment facilities, treating approximately 520 million gallons of drinking water annually.  The treatment plants typically operate up to 16 hours per day, 365 days per year

Monitor nine wells in four different well fields.  The water treatment division also monitors the operation of three water storage tanks.

Perform numerous water quality tests to ensure that water that is delivered to homes meets strict water quality standards.


The Town's Drinking Water Treatment Plants

  


The Pond Street water treatment facility is located on Pond Street.  It is a conventional water treatment plant which uses chemical addition, rapid mixing, flocculation, sedimentation and filtration through mixed media filters to treat three groundwater wells for iron, manganese, organic color, and turbidity.  The facility was originally built in 1973.  It received a major upgrade in 1992 and has had incremental upgrades since 1992.

  


The Beal water treatment plant is located on Riverside Drive.  It is a manganese-greensand treatment facility which removes iron, manganese, and radon from two deep bedrock wells using a combination of chemical addition, air stripping, and manganese-greensand pressure filters.  It was built in 1994.

  


The Broadway water treatment plant is located on Broadway.  It too is a manganese-greensand facility which removes iron, manganese, small amounts of organic color from the gravel packed wells of the Hanover Street well field and Broadway well field using a combination of chemical addition and manganese-greensand pressure filters.  It was built in 2001.


Water Quality

     


The water treatment facilities utilize state of the art automation and on-line analyzers to monitor and control water quality. In addition, the water treatment staff performs thousands of water tests annually to ensure that the water that leaves the treatment plants meets all federal and state water quality standards.  Check back soon for a listing of the many tests that are performed as well as the actual test results.


Staff and Budget


The water treatment division operates with a staff of seven full-time employees and 1 part-time seasonal employee and has an operating budget for FY 12 of $1,313,317.