Paving Work to Begin on Lincoln Street in Manchester-by-the-Sea

Gregory T. Federspiel, Town Administrator
10 Central StreetManchester by the Sea, MA 01944

For Immediate Release

Thursday, Aug. 9, 2018

Contact: John Guilfoil
Phone: 617-993-0003
Email: [email protected]

Paving Work to Begin on Lincoln Street in Manchester-by-the-Sea 

MANCHESTER-BY-THE-SEA — Department of Public Works Director Charles Dam would like to notify the community that paving operations will begin on Lincoln Street next week and drivers should plan accordingly.

Paving operations will start on Thursday, Aug. 16 as part of follow up work to utility and bridge repairs on Lincoln Street.

Work will include milling, resetting castings and final paving between Summer Street and School Street, which should be completed by Friday, Aug. 24.

Prior to final paving, the road will have raised castings, so drivers are advised to travel slowly.

Travel on Lincoln Street and access to the schools and private driveways will be permitted during construction, however, alternating traffic and occasional detours may be required as part of the work. No parking will be permitted on either side of Lincoln Street during the construction hours of 7 a.m. to 4 p.m.


East Bridgewater DPW Completes Repairs Following Water Main Break

East Bridgewater Department of Public Works
John B. Haines, Director
100 Willow Ave.
East Bridgewater, MA 02333

For Immediate Release

Friday, Aug. 3, 2018

Contact: Benjamin Paulin
Phone: 781-428-3299
Email: [email protected]

East Bridgewater DPW Completes Repairs Following Water Main Break

Service Restored to Impacted Residents

EAST BRIDGEWATER — Director John B. Haines reports that the East Bridgewater Department of Public has completed repairs following a water main break near the intersection of Bedford Street (Route 18) and West Street (Route 106).

At approximately 2 p.m., the DPW received a report of a water main break near where Bedford Street meets West Street.

DPW crews immediately responded, shutting down the water main to begin repairs.

Water service has now been restored to all impacted areas. The East Bridgewater DPW would like to thank community members for their patience this afternoon and evening as repairs were completed.


Littleton Public Schools to Benefit From State Green Communities Grant


Thursday, Aug. 2, 2018

Media Contact: Jordan Mayblum
Phone: 781-428-3299
E-mail: [email protected]

Littleton Public Schools to Benefit From State Green Communities Grant

LITTLETON — Town Administrator Keith Bergman and Superintendent Dr. Kelly Clenchy are pleased to announce that Littleton has earned a Green Communities Grant that will support the installation of environmentally-friendly technology at multiple school buildings. 

The $250,000 grant from the state Department of Energy Resources will fund the installation of variable frequency drives (VFDs) in multiple areas of the high school and Shaker Lane School, as well as new lights at the middle school. 

The schools’ boilers use motors to circulate hot water throughout the buildings during the heating season. Following the installation of the VFDs, the motors will no longer run at 100 percent power at all times. Instead, the motors’ power will vary depending on outside temperature, making them significantly more energy efficient. 

Littleton Middle School will also benefit from the grant in the form of new exterior and parking lot lighting, while new LED lighting will be installed at the high school’s performing arts center. 

The VFDs and lights are projected to help the town save more than $70,000 in annual energy costs.

“We have been working diligently since 2008 to reduce energy consumption and educate our students and staff about the importance of being committed to energy conservation at the local, state and national levels,” Superintendent Clenchy said. “As a district we continue to be passionate about implementing energy conservation strategies in our schools and are excited about our continued partnership with the Town of Littleton in maximizing energy efficiencies within our community.”

Littleton’s schools were awarded a National Green Ribbon School District Sustainability Award in 2016, making it the only district in Massachusetts to earn the honor that year.

This year marks the third time that Littleton has received a grant through the Green Communities program. In 2016, Littleton received a grant of $140,870 to fund a LED streetlight conversion, installation of VFDs, exterior lighting upgrades, computer load management, improved pipe insulation and enhanced equipment functionality after being certified as a Green Community in December 2015.

In 2017, the DOER awarded Littleton a $250,000 grant that helped cover the costs of an expanded LED streetlight program and improvements at the Spectacle Pond Water Treatment Plant and Littleton High School.

“With the leadership of our Sustainability Committee and Board of Selectmen, and through the efforts of all Town departments, the Town of Littleton has made a lasting commitment to sustainability and pursuing environmentally-conscious projects,” Town Administrator Bergman said. “We’re grateful for the continued support of the Baker-Polito Administration and the Commonwealth’s Department of Energy Resources, and I am proud of the work the schools and town have done to achieve these important energy efficiency goals together.”


Andover Provides Update on Discolored Drinking Water

Town of Andover
Andrew P. Flanagan, Town Manager
36 Bartlet St.
Andover, MA 01810

townsealandoverFor Immediate Release

Wednesday, Aug. 1, 2018

Contact: John Guilfoil
Phone: 617-993-0003
Email: [email protected]

 Andover Provides Update on Discolored Drinking Water

ANDOVER — Town Manager Andrew P. Flanagan reports that Andover officials are actively monitoring the issue causing discoloration in tap water, and stresses that there is no risk to public health.

Over the past two weeks, the Town of Andover has received a number of calls from community members reporting discolored water.

The cause is due to a sharp increase in local water use. Officials have noted a 20 percent increase in pumping from the Water Treatment Plant for July 2018 compared to July 2017.

The town deploys a comprehensive unidirectional flushing program for the purpose of mitigating discolored water. However, this year’s significant increase in usage over July of 2017 has resulted in an extended period of discoloration.

During peak demand times, typically mornings, significant amounts of water are being drawn from town tanks to residences and businesses. Simultaneously, the Water Treatment Plant is pumping water in order to refill the tanks, meaning the distribution system is seeing a very large volume of water go through it at once.

Similar to when fire hydrants are flushed, the water velocity increases during peak demand, which causes sediment in the bottom of the water mains to become suspended. This results in the discoloration residents are seeing in their taps. When the velocity slows down, the sediment settles, only reappearing during the next high demand period.

To help better address the issue, all calls are being logged at the Water Treatment Plant for tracking. Officials are seeing a trend of discolored water in the mornings, with clear tap water reported by the afternoon. If your water continues to be discolored in the afternoon, please contact the Water Department in order to further diagnose the issue.

“We understand this can be frustrating for residents and business owners, but we want to stress that there is no risk to public health,” Town Manager Flanagan said. “We appreciate community members’ patience as we work to offset the impacts of the increase in water usage.”

Community members who experience discolored water should:

  • If the water is discolored in the morning, run cold water to help flush out the system.
  • Take note of the time of day that the discoloration was noticed.
  • Determine if the discoloration is isolated to the cold or hot water.
  • If the issue persists, call the Water Department at 978-623-8860.