In 2019 the Water Department replaced water mains on the following streets: South West Street, switched services over to newer main and abandoned the older main on Suffield Street from Walnut St Ext. to Cooper St., replaced the water main on Sprinfield St from Walnut St Ext to Suffield Street, replaced the water main on Suffield St from Springfield St to Walnut Street Ext., installed the main on Sunset Terrace and to the top of the hill on Briarcliff Drive (From Sunset).
For the 2020 construction season, the Water Department is planning to replace the water main on the following streets: Briarcliff Drive, Hamilton Circle, Overlook Drive, Hamar Drive, Memorial Drive, DePalma St, Phil St, and Memorial Park (Please Note: projects are subject to change)
The meter crew installed or changed over 500 meters, collected more than 400 water samples, and performed 800+ backflow preventer tests. We read most water meters by radio or from the outside of the building. Occasionally, we may need to access your property to check the water meter. Our staff will have a DPW photo ID, and will arrive in a DPW vehicle; if you have any doubt that someone is a DPW employee please do not let them into your property, lock your door, and call the Police.
The Hydrant Maintenance Crew has been created and has been busy inspecting and maintaining the 1500+ publicly owned fire hydrants around town. We strive to inspect publicly owned hydrants once per year and are in the process of increasing the inspection frequency to the AWWA recommended two times per year. If you have a private fire hydrant on your property, you should contract with a company that is experienced with hydrant maintenance and have your hydrants inspected on at least an annual basis or as required by your insurer. The hydrant crew inspects a hydrant they check the hydrant’s mechanical components grease/lubricate as needed and, cycle & flush the hydrant to ensure operation. The nozzle caps are greased to ensure easy removal in case the hydrant is pressed into service. When the hydrants are flushed you may notice discolored water, this is rust and sediment that is suspended when the water velocity increases in the pipe while flushing. Please run your cold water for a few minutes to clear the discolored water; if after a few minutes the water does not clear please notify the DPW.