District Customers Will Vote on Proposed Treatment Plant
Superintendent Kenneth Burnham announces that the Lynnfield Center Water District will host a Special District Meeting in December for the purpose of a vote on the district’s proposed water treatment plant.
On Monday, Dec. 10, at 7 p.m. at Lynnfield Middle School, Lynnfield Center Water District customers will be asked to vote on the District’s request for funding for a greensand filtration system at the Glen Drive wellfield. The system would filter naturally occurring iron and manganese to improve water clarity.
LCWD has distributed a mailing to all of its customers with extensive information about the proposed treatment plant. To read the mailer in full and learn more, click here.
The first phase of the two-phase project is expected to cost $5.25 million, and would result in a marked improvement in water clarity due to the reduction of naturally-occurring iron and manganese from the water. A yes vote on the question would fund the construction of the two greensand filters. The second phase of the project is a $250,000 feasibility study that would explore alternative water sources that LCWD could draw from in the future, should the need arise.
“While water throughout the district is safe, we fully recognize and appreciate the need to improve clarity and reduce impurities for all of our customers,” Superintendent Burnham said. “This proposal is the result of an extensive process and is a solution we believe will result in better service for every one of the residents we serve. However, it is by no means the end of our work to secure clean, reliable water for the district for years to come.”
Although Glen Drive has been a reliable water source for the District, pumping water from the ground for over 20 years sometimes results in an increase of iron and manganese.
As clean drinking water is pumped from the wellfields into the District’s 48 miles of water main buried beneath the roads, the water from each source site is mixed. Because Glen Drive supplies nearly 40 percent of the drinking water to the District, improving the water quality and clarity at Glen Drive would result in noticeable improvements districtwide.
The addition of greensand filters at Glen Drive will allow the District to explore new wells at the existing site and work to secure the quantity of water available to its customers in anticipation of future needs.
If approved, the new treatment facility would likely open by the end of 2020.