LWD has been working closely with MassDEP, our consulting engineers, CDMSmith, and other members of the water works community to identify the best strategy to minimize our customers’ exposure to PFAS and eventually eliminate it.
Due to high water usage over the weekend, and a lack of forecasted precipitation in the upcoming days, it will be necessary to turn on the Spectacle Pond well beginning first thing in the morning on Monday, April 12th. As a reminder, if you fall within the DEP-defined sensitive subgroup of pregnant women, nursing mothers, infants, or are someone with a compromised immune system, you are advised to drink and cook with bottled water until well maintenance has been completed at the end of April and PFAS levels will again be below the 20 part per trillion drinking water standard.
Watch the latest Watts & Drops episode as General Manager, Nick Lawler, provides updates on the current water projects.
LELWD staff explains PFAS, the status of LELWD’s wells, the state’s new PFAS regulations and plans to mitigate the contaminant.
Important Notice for consumers receiving Drinking Water from our system!
New Outdoor Water Ban Will Reduce Demand from Two Sources
The Littleton Water Department is seeking the help of its customers to conserve water by avoiding outdoor use. LWD has placed a ban on outdoor watering to reduce the demand placed on the water system’s two fully operational well sites.
MassDEP has issued a new PFAS drinking water guideline of 20 parts per trillion. Since we began sampling this past year, our Spectacle Pond well has consistently exceeded 20 parts per trillion. In addition, further testing has identified PFAS in our Whitcomb Ave Wells, a source which had previously been thought to be free of PFAS. The Whitcomb Ave Wells and the Beaver Brook Wells both have PFAS levels in the range of 5-7 parts per trillion.
LWD is working diligently to identify, design, and implement the most expedient, effective, and fiscally responsible solution to this emerging public health issue.