Category Archives: Water & Sewer

Water ban – update from Mo Goulet

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Maurice Goulet, Director of Public Works, clarified the water ban issues:

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In this particular case, DEP had notified us that they were implementing an Advisory Drought status. According to our Water Management Act Permit, the Town is required to implement water restrictions. In the Advisory status the Town has an Odd/Even water restriction with no watering between the hours of 9:00 am to 5:00 pm. The Odd/Even restriction simply means, odd numbered houses can water on odd numbered calendar days and the same for even numbered houses on even calendar days. As far as the one day a week sign that was posted, it was done in error. It will be just an alternating odd/even restriction for the time being. If the Drought Status becomes more severe, we will have to become more stringent in our restrictions.

 

Thanks, hope this clears things up a little

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Water Ban

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The following is from the town website, explaining the water ban the town imposed this week.  The town is obligated to do such water bans, based on instructions from the state DEP.  The state bases its water ban orders on the flow levels it monitors in the Charles River.

There are different levels of water bans.  This one prohibits watering 9-5, and permits watering only on the odd/even days that match your odd/even street address.

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TOWN OF MEDFIELD

WATER USAGE RESTRICTION

The Town of Medfield has received notice from the Massachusetts Dept. of Environmental Protection to increase the level of outdoor watering restrictions due to decreasing streamflow from the Charles River. Therefore, the Town of Medfield is declaring a mandatory odd/even outdoor watering program. Also, no outside watering should take place between the hours of 9 a.m. and 5 p.m.

Thank you for your understanding in this matter. If you have further questions, please contact the Medfield Water Dept. at 508-906-3004.

MSH water tower wins award

ACCE award for MSH water tower

Photo shows DPW Director Maurice Goulet, second from left, and town’s consultants.

This email yesterday evening from Water and Sewer Board member Jeremy Marsette –

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Passing along this good news.  The Town and its consultant, Environmental Partners Group, won an award this evening from the American Council of Engineering Companies for the replacement of the water storage tank at the former Medfield State Hospital.

 

The award was presented at their annual Engineering Excellence Awards Gala.  The award notes “Reaching new heights modernizing water infrastructure on an historic site”.

 

Congratulations to EPG and the Medfield Public Works Department.

 

Btw, Medfield’s roads have looked great these past two snow storms.  Kudos to the Department for that too.

 

Thanks

Jeremy

 

 

Watering restrictions enacted

TOWN OF MEDFIELD

WATER USAGE RESTRICTION

 

The Town of Medfield has received notice from the Massachusetts Dept. of Environmental Protection to increase the level of outdoor watering restrictions due to decreasing stream flow from the Charles River.

Therefore, the Town of Medfield is declaring a mandatory odd/even outdoor watering program.  Also, no outside watering should take place between the hours of 9 a.m. and 5 p.m.

Thank you for your understanding in this matter.  If you have further questions, please contact the Medfield Water Dept. at 508-906-3004.

 

Kristine Trierweiler

Assistant Town Administrator

EPA Agrees to Our Request to Postpone MA MS4 General Permit

The application of the Federal M4S stormwater regulations to Medfield are being postponed a year, per the email below that Mike sent along today.  Medfield joined with Franklin and other towns to seek this redress.

 

Great News! EPA agrees to our request to postpone the
MA MS4 General Permit.
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Dear Michael,
We have exciting news to share. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has agreed to our request to postpone the implementation of the Massachusetts Small Municipal Separate Storm Sewer Systems (MS4) General Permit. The request, jointly filed with the Town of Franklin and City of Lowell, delays the permit implementation that was scheduled for July 1, 2017, by one year to July 1, 2018. It also postpones the September 28, 2017 due date for communities’ Notices of Intent. Feel free to download and share our press release on this important announcement. You may also review EPA’s announcement of the postponement.

When EPA issued the final MS4 General Permit in April 2016, MCWRS and Franklin jointly filed an appeal of the permit in the First Circuit Court of Appeals in Boston. The City of Lowell, the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB), and the Conservation Law Foundation also filed appeals in Boston. These appeals were transferred to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit and consolidated with an appeal first filed in the D.C. Circuit by the Center for Regulatory Reasonableness. The consolidated appeals will be heard in the D.C. Court.

The appeals continue to move forward, but the postponement will provide communities with immediate relief from the cost of complying with the permit until the matter is resolved. Philip Guerin, President of MCWRS, stated, “The postponement is very important to our member communities and municipalities across Massachusetts. It will give them a break from excessive spending on stormwater management until the Court rules on some highly contentious permit language. During the postponement, most cities and towns will continue to implement reasonable and effective practices to improve stormwater quality and decrease stormwater quantity, just as they have been doing for many years.”

The MS4 permit regulates municipal stormwater discharges under the federal Clean Water Act (CWA) through the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) program. At issue in the appeal is the standard EPA seeks to apply to discharges from municipal storm sewers, which collect rainfall from streets, buildings, and developed areas. MCWRS, Franklin, and numerous municipalities supporting the appeal contend that certain permit conditions exceed EPA’s authority under the CWA. They go far beyond what Congress ever intended EPA might do to regulate municipal stormwater discharges. The MS4 permit applies to over 260 Massachusetts communities. The costs for communities to meet these new water quality standards vary widely, with independent estimates ranging from $260,000 to $750,000 annually for some medium-sized municipalities.

The draft MA MS4 General Permit generated over 1,300 individual comments by more than 150 entities, many of them municipalities impacted by the permit. EPA made some revisions in the final permit, but did not adequately address key issues raised by many municipal interests. The only process to address contentious matters contained in a final NPDES permit is through the courts. The use of the courts to challenge EPA actions is a step frequently employed by environmental advocacy groups in Massachusetts and across the country. This action by MCWRS, the Town of Franklin, and City of Lowell is very much in keeping with that practice.

We thank our contributors and contributing members for their support of the Coalition’s appeal of the MA MS4 General Permit.

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WWTP

With the heavy rains, the Waste Water Treatment Plant had some issues.  Both EPA and DEP have signed off on the temporary corrective measures.

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TOWN OF MEDFIELD

MASSACHUSETTS

“Department of Public Works

 

MAURICE G. GOULET

Director of Public Works

55 North Meadows Road

Medfield, MA 02052

(508)359-8597

Fax (508) 359-4050

 

TO:            Board of Selectmen

Michael Sullivan, Town Administrator

Kristine Trierweiler, Assistant Town Administrator

Water and Sewer Board

 

FROM:    Maurice G. Goulet. Director of Public Works

MEMORANDUM

 

 

 

DATE:            April 4, 2017

SUBJECT:      WWTP Issue

We experienced an influx of water at the Wastewater Treatment Plant due to excessive rains. This influx of water forced us to bypass partial treatment areas at the plant. The UV Control System at the end of the treatment areas is in need of repair. A temporary chlorine tank and feed has been set up at the final stage of treatment for disinfection. This chlorine tank is necessary for the interim until the UV Control System can be repaired and put back on-line. New controls and repair parts have been ordered and will be installed as soon as possible. When the UV Control System is running properly, the chlorine tank and feed will be removed.

W&S rates 30% below MWRA

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Medfield is fortunate to have Jeremy Marsette on its Water and Sewer Board, since in his day job Jeremy runs the Natick DPW.  Jeremy sent along the following information that compares water and sewer rates from around greater Boston –


Hello all,

The annual survey of Water and Sewer Retail Rates performed by the Massachusetts Water Resources Authority Advisory Board was just published.  They included Medfield as one of the communities surveyed.  Attached are several pages of note from the survey.

 

Based on an AWWA standard for historical usage of 120 HCF of annual water consumption the average combined water and sewer bill for all MWRA serviced communities was found to be $1,524.84 for the calendar year 2016.  For comparison, a bill from Medfield for the same usage was found to be $1,073.48.  This represents that Medfield’s rate structure for combined water and sewer usage is 30% less than the average of all 60 MWRA serviced communities.

 

The major difference in costs is on the sewer side of the bill.  The MWWTP is the key contribution in making Medfield’s sewer costs much lower than the costs seen by MWRA communities.

 

On average MWRA communities increased water/sewer rates by 3.4% from 2015 to 2016.  Medfield increased rates by 2.4%, based on the survey’s calculations.

 

I have copies of the full rate survey, and it is also available on the MWRA Advisory Board’s website at http://www.mwraadvisoryboard.com . Please feel free to forward this information.

 

Thank you,

Jeremy

 

 

 

Jeremy Marsette, PE

Director of Public Works

Town of Natick