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Water System Flushing Starts October 3rd

LELWD To Begin Water Main Flushing On October 3rd

 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.

Renewable Energy Choice Program

As LELWD continues to pursue the plan to meet the Municipal Lighting Plant Greenhouse Gas Emission Standard (MLP-GGES), and offer customers with sustainable solutions, we have created the Renewable Energy Choice program. This program offers all LELWD customers the choice to have 100% of their electricity come from renewable energy sources. 

How It Works 

Customers who want to participate and have their electricity be 100% renewably sourced must complete the form below. The enrollment period must be active for a minimum period of 12 months, unless the customer’s right to occupy the premises ceases during such period. Once enrolled, the renewable energy charge (REC) will be added as a new line item to your existing bill. The renewable energy charge is subject to change due to the market conditions within ISO-NE. ISO- NE is the organization that operates the New England electric grid. All funds under this rate will be used to retire certified renewable energy certificates or equivalents. The act of retiring certificates ensures that the renewable energy cannot be resold. 

The rate (Rate 100) will be added to your existing rate at the time of enrollment. The rate shall add, to each monthly bill, an amount equal to the total kWh billed during the month multiplied by the Renewable Energy Charge (REC), as follows:

Renewable Energy Charge (REC) = monthly kWh usage * market price of certified renewable energy certificates.

Frequently Asked Questions

Rate 100 is variable and subject to change because it is based on the REC market within ISO-NE. The average cost of a MA Class 1 REC in 2021 was around $40, which would equal $0.04 per kilowatt-hour (kWh) as the renewable energy charge. For example: a residential customer who uses 500 kWh per month would add about $20.00 per month to their bill.

Paying the renewable energy charge ensures that the energy you consume was derived from a certified renewable source. This is accomplished by using the renewable energy charge to retire renewable energy credits or equivalents.   

For every megawatt-hour of electricity generated by a qualified renewable energy facility, a Renewable Energy Credit (REC) is created. That REC represents proof that the energy was truly renewable. So, purchasing and retiring the REC after energy is sold to an end-use customer certifies that that energy came from a renewable source.

Yes! You can enroll by completing the form below.

All customers are still able to install solar and other distributed generation pursuant to LELWD’s Interconnection Standards. The Renewable Energy Choice Program is a great alternative for customers who want to support renewable energy but cannot take on renewable projects, like renters or tenants.

Renewable energy does not produce consistent energy as does traditional fuel sourced power plants. For example, the sun can’t produce energy at night or on cloudy days and the wind does not always blow. This unpredictability in generating energy makes them more costly. However, the cost of renewables is declining due to policy shifts and increasing demand.

Yes! All LELWD customers can participate in the Renewable Energy Choice program.

Customers who enroll in the Renewable Energy Choice Program can cancel their enrollment at any time after the minimum period of 12-months.

To be 100% renewably sourced, all kWh under your electric account will be multiplied by the renewable energy charge, regardless of how many meters you have.

Enrollment

Complete the form below to enroll in the Renewable Energy Choice Program!

Job Opportunities

LELWD General Employment Application

Please submit your resume and/or completed applications to  [email protected] or deliver it to 39 Ayer Road, Littleton MA

A position is available with the Littleton Electric Light and Water Departments for a Wastewater Engineering Technician. For more information, please see below.

A position is available with the Littleton Electric Light and Water Departments for a General Line Foreman. For more information, please see below.

A position is available with the Littleton Electric Light and Water Departments for a Utility Specialist. For more information, please see below.

Sewer Update

Sewer Update: Design Completed

Water Superintendent Corey Godfrey and LCTV host Kirby Dolak discuss progress in the project to expand the Littleton Common sewer system in the latest Watts & Drops video.  

Scam Alert

Customer Scam Alert! Click here for details

Please be aware of e-mail and telephone scams!

Here is what you should know:

LELWD will never seek immediate payment over e-mail or the phone using a prepaid debit card or money order.

LELWD does not contract with any other utility on service shut offs or payment requests.

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.

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Outdoor Watering Ban In Effect

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 3. 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.

Drought Monitoring

WHERE CAN I GET MORE INFORMATION?

Residents and consumers are encouraged to call LWD with any questions at 978-540-2222.

Sustainability

Sustainability

LELWD is committed to providing sustainable solutions that help our customers save money, reduce our collective environmental impact, and support our community’s energy efficiency projects and programs that enrich the communities we serve to improve our collective quality of life. 

Power Supply Portfolio

LELWD’s power supply portfolio complies with the Municipal Lighting Plant Greenhouse Gas Emission Standard (“MLP-GGES”) (M.G.L. c. 25A, § 11F3/4), while still providing our ratepayers with the lowest possible cost. Also recognizing that reductions in carbon emissions through non-power supply portfolio measures (through enhanced energy efficiency measures, promotion of energy efficient products such as electric vehicles, and rate design) are important contributors to the Integrated Resource Plan. New technologies will also be analyzed and utilized to achieve the emissions reduction goals and to reduce LELWD’s overall power supply expenses.

Power Portfolio

As of 2021

0 %
Non-Carbon Emitting
0 %
Carbon Emitting

Power Supply Portfolio

LELWD will strive to enter into power supply purchases to minimize risks through layered and staggered purchases with credit worthy power suppliers. Power supply should be flexible enough to meet an evolving energy marketplace. The term “power supply” shall consist of three distinct portfolios: energy, capacity, and environmental attributes including renewable energy credits (“RECs”) and emission-free energy certificates (“EFECs”).

In order to meet the required percent of required total non-carbon emitting energy sold per MLP- GGES, LELWD will buy and retire all RECs and EFECs available in its power supply contracts with the exception of solar RECs (SRECs) which will be sold, and an equivalent amount of Massachusetts RECs will be purchased. To the extent additional RECs are needed to meet the minimum requirements of the GGES shown in column two above, LELWD will buy and retire Class I or Class II RECs from the New England Power Pool (NEPOOL) region.

Year Percent of Total Non-Carbon Emitting Energy Sold per LELWD IRP Percent of Required Total Non-Carbon Emitting Energy Sold per MLP-GGES
2021 36 0
2022 36 0
2023 38 0
2024 42 0
2025 42 0
2030 50 50
2040 75 75
2050+ 100 100

Residential Conservation Services

Pursuant to 225 CMR 4.00, LELWD follows residential conservation services (RCS) regulation. LELWD is required to spend .0025% of gross  annual retail revenues towards these services. 

LELWD spent 95% more than the required spending on energy efficiency and sustainable programs in 2021.

Sustainability Programs

LELWD offers rebates up to $500 for qualifying home projects and a $1,000 incentive for removing fossil fuel systems to switch to all electric.

With 5 public charging stations installed and rebates for home charging equipment, LELWD makes it easy for customers to adopt electric vehicles.  

This program offers all LELWD customers the choice to have 100% of their electricity come from renewable energy sources!

Customers can interconnect distributed generation and energy storage systems and have acces to solar rebates!

From LED lightbulbs to low flow water fixtures, LELWD offers customers discounted products.

LELWD offers up to 2 free shade trees per customer. Mature trees can lower cooling cost in the summer and lower heating cost in the winter, all while consuming CO2 for cleaner air quality.

Customers can receive a renewable energy credit because the Littleton Electric Light Department receives certain financial incentives to invest in and develop renewable projects, and decides to give these financial incentives back to residential electric customers.  In order to receive this credit, the Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources requires that customers opt-in to this program.  

Customers who choose to receive this credit will receive $0.50 to $5.00 off their electric bill each month!

LELWD offers rebates on energy efficient appliances, battery powered yard equipment, heat pumps, water heaters, thermostats and more!

LELWD’s New Treatment Plant Called National Model

Press Release
LELWD’s New Treatment Plant Called National Model

Following a recent tour of the water treatment plant construction site, Congresswoman Lori Trahan called the project a national model for communities dealing with the presence of the chemical contaminants PFAS in drinking water sources.

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 Electric Light and Water Departments is inviting sealed bids for the demolition and removal of the barn structure located at 242 King Street. Please see the IFB for more details.