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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..

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 working with Tighe & Bond on the Spectacle Pond Raw Water Transmission Main. All inquiries are to be directed to Tighe & Bond, and instructions to bidders and related bid documents may be obtained electronically from Tighe & Bond, at its website at: http://www.tighebond.com/Projects_Out_to_Bid.php View the advertisement for more details.

The Littleton Water Department (LWD) is working with Tighe & Bond on the Whitcomb Ave Water Treatment Plant. All inquiries are to be directed to Tighe & Bond, and instructions to bidders and related bid documents may be obtained electronically from Tighe & Bond, at its website at: http://www.tighebond.com/Projects_Out_to_Bid.php View the advertisement for more details.

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Cedar Hill Water Tank

Cedar Hill Information Webinar

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.

Hydrant Flow Testing

Hydrant Flow Testing will take place on Monday October 21st, Tuesday October 22nd and Wednesday October 23rd

The Littleton Water Department will be conducting Hydrant Flow Testing   As a result of the tests, it is likely that you may experience some discolored water in the hours after 10 pm.  LWD recommends you avoid washing clothes and limit water use during the overnight period.  There may be some residual discoloration in the morning hours as well, but it is expected that water quality will improve quickly thereafter.  LWD conducts these tests at night to limit the interruption to our customers, and the information gathered is critical in assisting LWD in planning and design of system upgrades.  We appreciate your understanding.   

Areas impacted will receive an automated call on the community notification system. If you are not enrolled or unsure, visit https://public.coderedweb.com/CNE/en-US/458D14D27696 to enroll.

A Letter to LWD Customers About PFAS

August 1st, 2019

Dear Customers:

We are closely following communities west of Littleton where a family of chemicals called per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances, or PFAS, have recently been found at levels exceeding EPA and MassDEP guidance values. While there is currently no state or federal standard, the EPA and MassDEP recommend that PFAS concentrations in drinking water not exceed 70 parts per trillion (ppt).

LWD voluntarily tested our three well sites for the presence of PFAS and the results showed all three locations were under the current federal and state guidance values. Littleton’s water continues to meet all the federal and state guidelines for safe drinking water.

Nonetheless, LWD is looking into options to increase treatment of the water from the Spectacle Pond well site where test results, received Monday, showed PFAS levels at 28 parts per trillion (ppt). While substantially below the current 70 parts per trillion (ppt) guideline, LWD is conducting further testing to monitor and validate the data, and we have started analyzing options for installing treatment equipment to remove PFAS.

The tests showed no PFAS at the Whitcomb Avenue well sites, which provides half of the water supply. The Beaver Brook well sites tested for trace amounts of PFAS. We will continue to test for the presence of PFAS at these sites, but do not feel further action is needed at this time.

LWD has a mission to deliver clean and reliable water, and we are always concerned when manmade pollutants threaten our water supply. LWD’s immediate next steps include:

  • Ongoing communication with MassDEP for guidance and technical expertise.
  • Additional water quality testing.
  • Retaining a water quality engineering firm to develop treatment options.
  • Collaborating with the Ayer Water Department to share information and possible solutions.
  • Provide a further update to our customers by the end of this month.

If you wish to learn more about PFAS, which is an emerging issue both in Massachusetts and across the nation, visit the MassDEP website:

https://www.mass.gov/info-details/per-and-polyfluoroalkyl-substances-pfas#pfas-detected-in- drinking-water-supplies-in-massachusetts-

Sincerely,

Nick Lawler General Manager

PDF version of Letter.

A Letter to LWD Customers About PFAS

August 1st, 2019

Dear Customers:

We are closely following communities west of Littleton where a family of chemicals called per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances, or PFAS, have recently been found at levels exceeding EPA and MassDEP guidance values. While there is currently no state or federal standard, the EPA and MassDEP recommend that PFAS concentrations in drinking water not exceed 70 parts per trillion (ppt).

LWD voluntarily tested our three well sites for the presence of PFAS and the results showed all three locations were under the current federal and state guidance values. Littleton’s water continues to meet all the federal and state guidelines for safe drinking water.

Nonetheless, LWD is looking into options to increase treatment of the water from the Spectacle Pond well site where test results, received Monday, showed PFAS levels at 28 parts per trillion (ppt). While substantially below the current 70 parts per trillion (ppt) guideline, LWD is conducting further testing to monitor and validate the data, and we have started analyzing options for installing treatment equipment to remove PFAS.

The tests showed no PFAS at the Whitcomb Avenue well sites, which provides half of the water supply. The Beaver Brook well sites tested for trace amounts of PFAS. We will continue to test for the presence of PFAS at these sites, but do not feel further action is needed at this time.

LWD has a mission to deliver clean and reliable water, and we are always concerned when manmade pollutants threaten our water supply. LWD’s immediate next steps include:

  • Ongoing communication with MassDEP for guidance and technical expertise.
  • Additional water quality testing.
  • Retaining a water quality engineering firm to develop treatment options.
  • Collaborating with the Ayer Water Department to share information and possible solutions.
  • Provide a further update to our customers by the end of this month.

If you wish to learn more about PFAS, which is an emerging issue both in Massachusetts and across the nation, visit the MassDEP website:

https://www.mass.gov/info-details/per-and-polyfluoroalkyl-substances-pfas#pfas-detected-in- drinking-water-supplies-in-massachusetts-

Sincerely,

Nick Lawler General Manager

PDF version of Letter.

ACOUSTIC STUDY FOR THE PROPOSED LELWD PEAK POWER GENERATORS

This study’s objective is to demonstrate that the proposed future peak power generators in Littleton (the “Project”) will comply with the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (“MassDEP”) Noise Policy for both broadband and tonal noise at the nearest residential property lines and residences and will comply with the Littleton Noise Bylaw.

See the full report here.