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 greensand facility.
Regarding the heavy cost to purchase 100 percent of the district’s water from the MWRA, she said the closest tie-in point is at the Lynnfield/Saugus line. Therefore, miles of pipe would need to be installed for that option to be successful.
CDM Smith Project Manager Elaine Sistare said customers need to “start thinking about the options,” as a majority vote is needed to implement any of them.
She also spoke highly about the greensand filtration option. “The greensand filters are a tried and true method,” said Sistare.
Looking at the short-term, she reminded customers about the $200 rebate that the LCWD is offering for the purchase and installation of a whole house water filter. She also said water samples are being taken every week to monitor the levels of manganese, particularly at Glen Drive. “It doesn’t solve everything, but there have been efforts made,” said Sistare.
However, Lisa Lopez of West Tapley Road said it would cost her approximately $4,000 to purchase and install a whole house water filter that is capable of producing clear water. “The $50 filter from Home Depot isn’t going to cut it,” she said.
The LCWD has continued to issue $100 fines to residents who are using district water to irrigate their lawns. One resident said there should be a higher monetary penalty. “I don’t think $100 is going to stop people from watering their lawn,” she said. However, LCWD employee Nicholas Couris said the district is restricted by law from imposing higher fines.
Sistare said LCWD crews will be flushing the pipes by the “third or fourth week” of September. “If there’s sediment built up in the pipes, flushing is the industry standard for maintenance,” she said.
Moulton said fire hydrants on dead-end streets will be used for directional flushing. “The key is to make sure you’re scouring the inside of the pipe,” she said, adding that gate valves are also used to bring clean water into the system.