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STATE DECLARES CRITICAL DROUGHT LEVEL FOR WOBURN
Five consecutive months of below-normal rainfall has led State Energy and Environmental Affairs (EEA) Secretary Kathleen Theoharides to declare a Level 3 – Critical Drought situation in the Charles River watershed, and Woburn is tributary to the river basin.
Mayor Scott Galvin urges residents to read the State alert Drought Alert bulletin – Oct 2020 and to do what they can to conserve water and practice outdoor fire safety. For more information on the current drought conditions, and technical guidance regarding drought management actions, please visit www.mass.gov/ma-drought-management.
The City of Woburn’s water supply comes from five wells from the underground aquifer within the Horn Pond area, which is then filtered and treated at the Horn Pond Treatment Plant. The city can produce 4.07 million gallons per day and through the course of the year produces two-thirds of the city’s water supply.
The water supply’s other one-third is supplemented by the Massachusetts Water Resource Authority (MWRA). Both Woburn and MWRA follow and meet the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) and Environmental Protection Agencies’ (EPA) strict rules and guidelines. All water sampling is done in accordance with DEP.
The City of Woburn’s Water Department maintains and upgrades approximately 200 miles of water mains in the water distribution system. The maintenance includes repairing water main breaks, replacing broken hydrants and gates valves, winterizing hydrants, yearly flushing, leak detection, and cleaning and relining.
Upgrades include replacing iron pipe services, adding fire hydrants, adding gate valves and installing new water mains. The department also conducts hydrant flow and area pressure tests upon request.
The City of Woburn will begin converting to an advanced water metering system that will improve leak detection and our ability to serve customers. The new technology represents our commitment to providing the most advanced and environmentally sound technology.
The billing rates will remain the same until all meters have been installed. If you would like to know more about this project, please contact us at 781-897-5945.