Littleton Receives $250K Grant to Improve Public Safety Communications
The Town of Littleton has received a $250,000 state grant that will improve communication capabilities and cybersecurity for its public safety, electric and water departments.
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LELWD To Begin Water Main Flushing On May 23rd.
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.
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.
- Avoid using hot water heater, dishwasher & similar appliances when water is discolored.
- Sign up for text or voice alerts from LELWD.
Outdoor Watering ban in Effect
Residents Can Help Ensure Sustainable Water Supply
The outdoor watering ban will continue through 2022 and until the new Whitcomb Ave water treatment plant is completed.
This is expected to be completed in January 2023.
What outdoor watering is prohibited?
Under the ban, non-essential outdoor water uses that are prohibited include:
- Watering lawns via sprinklers or automatic irrigation systems.
- Washing exterior building surfaces, parking lots, driveways, or sidewalks, except as necessary to apply surface treatments such as paint, preservatives, stucco, pavement or cement.
- Washing vehicles, except in a commercial car wash, or as necessary for operator safety.
- Filling swimming pools.
What outdoor watering is allowed?
The following uses are allowed:
- Watering of vegetable gardens.
- Watering using a hand-held hose or watering can between 7pm and 7am.
What are the penalties for violating the ban?
Any person violating this regulation shall be liable to the Town of Littleton Water Department as follows:
- 1st Violation: Written warning
- 2nd Violation: $50.00 fine
- 3rd Violation: $200.00 fine
- 4th Violation: $400.00 fine and reduction in water availability to allow for basic water use needs.
Each day of violation shall constitute a separate offense.
Why is there a reduction in supply?
There has been two factors pressuring LELWD’s overall well capacity. The state has experienced a drought, as a result, the state has raised the drought level to 2. LELWD is still prohibiting all non-essential outdoor water use within the 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. timeframe that Littleton Water customers are already familiar with from previous years’ watering restrictions.
This recent drought is coupled with the reduced well capacity due to the presence of a contaminant known as PFAS in water from the Spectacle Pond well site. Tests have shown that the Spectacle Pond wells have PFAS at an average of 25 parts per trillion. A temporary water main has been constructed that allows LELWD to blend water from the Spectacle Pond and Beaver Brook wells to reduce PFAS levels.
The purpose of blending the two sources is to lower the levels of PFAS below the new state PFAS standard of 20 ppt., but only enables recovery of half of the Spectacle Pond well capacity. That means there will be less water available during the drier and higher-use summer months.
For more information on LELWD’s plan to remove PFAS from the water supply, click here.
Private Well Owners
While private well owners are not required to comply with the water ban, we ask that they do their part to conserve water, as it all comes from the same aquifer.
WHERE CAN I GET MORE INFORMATION?
Residents and consumers are encouraged to call LWD with any questions at 978-540-2222.
Sustainable Home Program
Take these steps to make your home more sustainable!
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Once you have received an energy assessment and implemented a sustainable action, please submit the form below.
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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.
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
If selected as a recipient, the student will receive a one-time award of up to a $2,000 scholarship.
For LELWD to issue the payment, the recipient must contact the college you 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.
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.
The deadline to apply is May 8th, 2022.
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
DEBT SERVICE FEE
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
What is the Debt Service Fee?
In 2015, the department separated the debt service fee from the water rates. This shows customers how much they pay to operate the water system versus how much they contribute to capital improvements.
The debt service fee is collected to pay off loans that financed the construction of water infrastructure projects.
Debt Service Fee Rate
The current cost of the fee is $0.00326
How is the Debt Service Fee Calculated?
The Debt Service fee is calculated by taking your current bills usage and multiplying the usage by 0.00326. This will give you your amount due.
Average Water Usage
The average water usage is 13,554 gallons per quarter or 150.6 gallons a day.
This would make your average debt service fee $44.19.
Ways to Save
Homeowners and businesses can lower their water bills by reducing
the amount used. We urge our customers to conserve water not only as a precious natural resource, but also to reduce their bills.
Check for leaks in your plumbing and irrigation systems. A leaky toilet can double total usage over three months. Lawn irrigation systems can be the source of leaks that go unnoticed because they are outside the home. Use a smart irrigation controller and do not overwater.
Current Water Projects
Cedar Hill Tank Whitcomb Ave. Treatment Plant
Cost $2.7 Million Cost: $18 Million
Spectacle Pond Water Main Great Road Water Main
Cost: $3.3 Million Cost: $569,000