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Flushing

LELWD To Begin Water Main Flushing On September 20th.

 LELWD is asking water consumers to prepare for the possibility of periods of temporarily discolored water during the flushing process.

Flushing improves water quality by reducing the buildup of sediments.

See the full details in the press release below.

Flushing Schedule:

The following streets will be flushed first and will be impacted the most for the first two weeks of the program, starting Sept. 20th:

  • Harvard Road
  • Sanderson Road
  • Oak Hill Road
  • Whitcomb Ave
  • Taylor Street
  • Porter Road
  • Foster Street between Taylor and Harwood
  • Harwood Ave between Foster and King
  • Side streets off of the main roads listed above

Steps You Can Take:

  • Run a cold tap for 10 minutes until water clears. If sediment remains, wait 1-2 hours & repeat.
  • Set aside clear water for use during periods of discolored water.
  • Check this page for the updated list of neighborhoods scheduled for flushing.
  • Avoid using hot water heater, dishwasher & similar appliances when water is discolored.
  • Sign up for text or voice alerts from LELWD.

Invitation For Bid & Proposals

All Legal Notice and Advertisement Bids will be posted here when they become available by LELWD. Select your desired notice below and follow the instructions specific to that notice. Littleton Electric Light & Water Departments reserves the right to reject any or all bids, wholly or in part in accordance with Massachusettes General Law.

The Littleton Water Department (LWD) is inviting proposals for furnishing a membrane biological reactor (MBR) treatment system. View the advertisement for more details.

Please Note* there has been addenda issued.

The Littleton Water Department (LWD) is inviting sealed bids for the purchase of a valve maintenance trailer equipped with valve exercising equipment.

Please register below to obtain bid documents.

Register To Access Bid Documents Below

Spectacle Pond Transmission Project

Spectacle Pond Transmission Main Project

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The Littleton Water Department is constructing a raw water transmission main to link the Spectacle Pond well to the new Whitcomb Ave Water Treatment Plant this summer.

The work along Rt.2A has been conducted at night to minimize traffic disruptions and is expected to be completed on June 23rd. Daytime work will begin on Spectacle Pond Road beginning on June 22nd between the hours of 7:00 AM – 5:00 PM. The 3.5 mile long transmission main is a critical component of LWD’s long term strategy to filter PFAS out of our drinking water.

Spectacle Pond Road will be closed to through traffic starting on Tuesday June 22nd. Regular construction hours will be Monday through Friday between 7am until 5pm, which will be through the summer. The detour will be through Hartwell Ave as shown in the below map. The Littleton Transfer Station will remain open its regular hours, but will only be accessible from Route 2A/Ayer Road.

This page will be updated as more information becomes available.

Cedar Hill Water Tank

Cedar Hill Tank Project

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Construction of a new water tank on Cedar Road is planned to begin on June 7th. Please see the “Cedar Hill Neighborhood Letter” for more details.

Thank you for joining us on September 23rd, 2020 at 7:00 PM Eastern to learn more on the Cedar Hill Water Tank Project. 

The Littleton Water Department has begun the process of replacing the existing water storage tank on Cedar Road with a NEW Storage Tank which will be constructed on the parcel abutting the existing water tank parcel (34 Cedar Road). The first step in this process was retaining the services of Tata & Howard, Inc. for the design and construction oversight of the New Cedar Hill Water Tank.  Over the next several weeks you may notice some activity taking place at or near the existing tank site, as survey and soil borings are undertaken to assist in the design and layout of the new tank.  The Littleton Water Department, along with Tata & Howard, plans on hosting an information session with abutters sometime after the New Year to present the plan and take questions from abutters. 

Georgetown Water Tank

A few facts about the project: 

  • The existing water storage tank was constructed in 1950 and holds approximately 485,000 gallons of water.
  • Similar to the Georgetown Water tank photo above, the new tank design will be a composite concrete pedestal and steel tank with similar volume as our current tank on Cedar Hill.
  • The existing Cedar Hill Tank is critical to LWD’s ability to meet the daily demand of our customers, as well as maintain proper pressure in the Long Lake neighborhood.  Therefore, it will be necessary to keep the existing tank in service while the new tank is constructed. 
  • Once the NEW Storage Tank is completed and in service, the existing storage tank will be removed and the site restored. 

This page will be updated as more information becomes available.

Sewer Public Forum

Sewer Public Forum

Join us on June 9th, 2021 at 7:00 PM Eastern in the Sewer Public Forum. 

Please register for the webinar by following the link below.

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.


Phone Scam Warning

Please be aware of telephone scams.  LELWD will never seek immediate payment over the phone using a prepaid debit card or money order. LELWD does not contract with Eversource or another utility on service shut offs. If called about an instant payment or service disconnection, immediately hang up and call LELWD to verify your account status at 978-540-2222, Mon.-Thurs., 6:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

If you would like to contact the Federal Trade Commission:

By phone – 877-382-4357

FTC Website – https://www.ftc.gov/faq/consumer-protection/submit-consumer-complaint-ftc

LELWD scam warning letter

April PFAS Update

LWD has completed maintenance and has turned on the Beaver Brook wells. Although we do not need to rely on Spectacle Pond well, we encourage customers to conserve water as we are experiencing a level 1 drought declared by the state. The bottled water rebate program will continue for those in the sensitive subgroups as defined by the state.

Please register your email to receive PFAS related updates here

FAQ

LWD offers a bill credit for consumers who are pregnant or nursing women, infants and people diagnosed with compromised immune systems. Bottled Water Rebate Form

More information on the water conservation effort and the drought can be found here

LWD will send a notification out with updates and next steps once this project is completed.  Register your email to receive these updates here

LWD is making every effort to avoid turning on the Spectacle Pond Well. However, if there is an increase in the demand for water during April, LWD may pump water as needed to meet customer demands. 

It is important we all try to conserve as much water as we can in April to minimize the use of Spectacle Pond.

Pagacik Scholarship

The Denise M. Pagacik Memorial Scholarship

The Denise M. Pagacik scholarship is an annual, merit based scholarship that focuses on rewarding ambitious individuals interested in the fields of engineering or environmental sciences.

This scholarship was created in memory of Denise M. Pagacik of Littleton, Massachusetts. Denise was a loving mother and wife who lived in Littleton for over 25 years. She was a selfless member of the community who was always there for others at any given moment.

The Denise M. Pagacik scholarship is funded by the Littleton Electric Light and Water Departments (LELWD). In establishing this scholarship, LELWD wishes to recognize the positive impact that Denise had on our community by assisting students to achieve their career goals; an objective which has the added benefit of bettering the community at large.

Eligibility

Applicants of the Denise M. Pagacik Scholarship must:

  • Be a graduating senior from Littleton High School.
  • Have maintained a grade point average of at least 3.0.
  • Must be pursuing a bachelor’s degree in the fields of Engineering or Environmental Science at an accredited undergraduate institution in the United States.

* It is strongly encouraged that the student successfully participated in the Littleton Electric Light and Water Department’s Dual Enrollment Program

Award

If selected as a recipient, the student will receive a one-time award of up to a $2,000 scholarship.

In order for LELWD to issue the payment, the recipient must contact the college they are attending and get a proof of enrollment. The proof of enrollment can be sent directly to LELWD. LELWD will then forward the scholarship award to the college.

Application Process

To apply, complete the application below and submit a one page essay explaining the importance of community selflessness and how you would like to define your career.

Deadline
2021 applications are closed. Congratulations to Paige Hornbeck for being this years recipient.  

Selection of Recipients

The Littleton Electric Light and Water Department will evaluate all applicants. Applicants will be evaluated and selected using the following criteria:

  • Academic excellence and intellectual passion
  • Great distinction in leadership activities
  • Strength of vision for how your goals can be fulfilled
  • Commitment to community involvement

Denise M. Pagacik Memorial Scholarship Application

Fire Flow Testing & Hydrant Flushing

Testing fire flows and hydrant flushing requires opening fire hydrants and releasing large volumes of water. This is regular maintenance conducted by all water systems.

Pros: The flow tests ensure adequate water pressure to fire hydrants for fire protection.  The flushing of the water mains removes sediment that can build up and restrict water flow, reducing water pressure.

Con: This system maintenance can result in temporarily discolored water which may last 24-48 hours.  While the water remains safe, it has an unappetizing appearance.  It can also stain laundry and fixtures.

What Should You Do?

  • Prior to the designated flushing period: consider collecting water in a pitcher or pot to be used for drinking and cooking over the next 24 hours.
  • In the 24 hours after flushing, reduce usage as much as possible to avoid drawing discolored water into your home piping.
  • Avoid using laundry, ice machines, dishwasher, bathtubs, or hot water tanks.
  • If your water still appears discolored after 24 hours, run a cold water tap closest to your meter (usually found in the basement or a first floor sink) for up to 15 minutes.
  • If the water coming from the tap is not clear after running for 15 minutes, wait 1-2 hours and try again.
  • Avoid running a hot water tap because it could draw sediment into your hot water tank.

If you inadvertently drew discolored water into your home and the staining of clothes or fixtures does occur, rust removal products are available at the LELWD office..