• December 21 2018,  Lynnfield,  Peabody

    LCWD ratepayers still looking for immediate discolored water remedy

     By Christopher Roberson LYNNFIELD – Although ratepayers of the Lynnfield Center Water District (LCWD) recently approved a $250,000 study to look at the feasibility of drawing water from the Massachusetts Water Resources Authority (MWRA), a short-term solution is still needed for the 40 homes affected by discolored water. “Beginning in January, we are going to be looking at that,” said Constance Leccese, chairwoman of the LCWD Board of Water Commissioners, during the board’s Dec. 17 meeting. “We’re going to do everything we possibly can do.” Leccese said that earlier this year the district invested $50,000 in a “superficial study” conducted by CDM Smith to find the cause of the discoloration.…

  • December 14 2018,  Lynnfield

    Lynnfield Center Water District Debuts New Website

       The Lynnfield Center Water District is pleased to announce the launch of a brand new website. The site, which remains at the district’s existing lcwd.us web address, will provide residents and visitors with all of the latest water district news and information. The website features a clean layout and a user-friendly design with large, bright photos and an easy-to-navigate menu. The website is equipped with a news blog, which is integrated with the District’s existing social media profiles to ensure timely dissemination of important district updates. “We’re well aware of the need to make a wide variety of information readily available to the members of our community, and this…

  • December 14 2018,  Lynnfield

    LCWD customers approve $250K for MWRA study

    By Christopher Roberson During the Dec. 10 special meeting of the Lynnfield Center Water District (LCWD), ratepayers voted to pass Article 5 to appropriate $250,000 for a study that will look at the feasibility of drawing water from the Massachusetts Water Resources Authority (MWRA) or from “another source.” “We have a quality problem and a quantity problem; we definitely need this study because we’re going to run out of water,” said ratepayer Stephanie Rauseo, who sponsored the article, adding that she expects the study to be completed by April 8, 2019. “This is enough time for them to give us an answer.” Angela Moulton, an environmental engineer at CDM Smith,…

  • December 07 2018,  Lynnfield

    LCWD scorned by selectmen for lack of transparency

     By Christopher Roberson   The Board of Selectmen voted unanimously, during its Dec. 3, meeting to authorize Town Counsel Thomas Mullen to prepare legislation that would alter the “enabling legislation” pertaining to the organizational structure of the Lynnfield Center Water District (LCWD). The selectmen also instructed Town Administrator Robert Dolan to inform Lynnfield’s state delegation of the board’s decision. Robert Almy, former manager of the Santa Barbara County Water Agency in California, said he has been monitoring the LCWD for quite some time. “I’ve had a number of concerns that I’ve expressed to the district,” he said. In addition to the transparency problem, Almy took issue with how Water Commission…

  • Lynnfield,  November 16 2018

    Lynnfield Center Water District Announces Special District Meeting

    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…

  • Lynnfield,  October 26 2018

    LCWD customers to vote on water filtration system in December

     By Christopher Roberson   On Dec. 10, customers of the Lynnfield Center Water District (LCWD) will be asked to vote on the construction of a greensand filtration facility at the Glen Drive Pumping Station. Should it be approved, the filter could be operational by 2020. In the meantime, the LCWD Board of Water Commissioners and representatives from engineering firm CDM Smith have continued to review their prior presentations and field questions from customers. During the Oct. 22 meeting, Angela Moulton, an environmental engineer at CDM Smith, said a greensand filter would remove the manganese from the water, which has been causing the discoloration. “You’ll have the same quantity, but you’ll…

  • Lynnfield,  September 28 2018

    Lynnfield Center Water District responds to selectmen’s resolution

    [Editor’s note: The following is a memo issued to the Town of Lynnfield Board of Selectmen from the Lynnfield Center Water District Board of Commissioners, dated September 24, 2018. The subject of the memo is titled “Response to Proposed Resolution by Richard Dalton, Chairman, Town of Lynnfield Board of Selectmen”]   The Lynnfield Center Water District (hereinafter the “District”) has conferred with its legal counsel regarding the proposed resolution proffered by Chairman Dalton. An excerpt of Attorney Christopher T. Casey’s, managing partner of Casey & Lundregan, P.C. in Salem, opinion is as follows: First: the resolution, even if adopted by the Board of Selectmen, will have no legal force and…

  • Lynnfield,  September 28 2018

    Lynnfield Center Water District to continue water main flushing

    The Lynnfield Center Water District (LCWD) will be conducting a high-velocity water main flushing of the distribution system during normal business until the end of October. This is part of the ongoing regular maintenance of the water distribution system. Please refer to the district’s website, www.LCWD.US, for the complete listing of street schedule dates and times for flushing. Any changes and updates to the schedule will be posted on the LCWD website. Residents might experience discolored water, low pressure or no pressure during this process. Discolored water should clear after running cold water for a short period of time. Residents are also advised to avoid doing laundry during the flushing…

  • Lynnfield,  September 14 2018

    Three long-term solutions presented to LCWD customers

     By Christopher Roberson Engineering firm CDM Smith has developed three options that would permanently solve the ongoing problem of water discoloration in the Lynnfield Center Water District (LCWD). During the Sept. 10 meeting of the LCWD Board of Water Commissioners, CDM Smith Environmental Engineer Angela Moulton said the choices include constructing a greensand filtration facility at the Glen Drive Pumping Station for $4.5 million, purchasing 100 percent of the district’s water from the Massachusetts Water Resource Authority (MWRA) for “$10 million to $15 million” or purchasing 20 percent of the district’s water from the MWRA for “$500,000 to $1 million.” However, Moulton said the third option would still require the…

  • Lynnfield,  September 7 2018

    Local home improvement company weighs in on LCWD water quality

     By Christopher Roberson   Brain Mace of 128 Plumbing, Heating, Cooling & Electric has a customer on Willowby Way who will end up spending nearly $7,000 to resolve the issue of discolored water. Mace said his customer, who receives her water from the Lynnfield Center Water District (LCWD), wishes to remain anonymous. He also said she has already spent $350 on an independent water test. Mace said the results of that test revealed that the level of nitrates and sulfates was “right under the allowable level” of 10.0. “It has a bunch of stuff in there that needs to come out,” said Mace. To rectify the problem, he said, his…