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Posted on: November 4, 2018

Fall Water Quality Maintenance

Following the October 10 temporary disinfectant switch to chlorine, the DPW is returning to monochloramine as the distribution system disinfectant beginning October 31.  With this a chlorine odor that may have been noticeable during the period ending today will dissipate.

The DPW will begin a city wide water flushing Friday November 2, to establish monochloramine throughout the distribution system.  If discolored water is experienced, running of cold water is recommended as flushing can disturb normal flow patterns.  If discolored water persists after home or business flushing please contact the DPW at (978) 325-5600, so spot flushing can be performed. If other water quality concerns persist please contact the DPW Water Compliance office at (978) 325-5680.

The DPW switched water treatment plants from West Gloucester to Babson on October 10, which is normally in November to early December each year.  Because of Haskell Reservoir Dam Construction and operational issues at the water treatment plants water levels in the West Gloucester System are lower than normal for this time of year, but are close to full in the East Gloucester system, so the DPW switched plants.   

The switch back to monochloramine as the distribution system disinfectant should reduce widespread reports of discolored water that were experienced following the earlier than normal return to the Babson plant.   


Thank you


Lawrence A. Durkin, P.E.

DPW Environmental Engineer

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