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Winter Plumbing Tips
Winter is coming, so now is the time to make sure your plumbing system is protected for the cold months ahead. If your water pipes or water meter are exposed to the cold, your plumbing could freeze!!! Frozen pipes can disrupt your water service, rupture causing water damage to your property, and result in expensive water usage and/or repair bills.
To avoid your internal plumbing from freezing, maintain a mild temperature in your basement, stop any drafts from entering the area, and disconnect all outdoor water hoses. If your basement is not heated, insulate your water pipes and water meter. If your property is vacant, notify us to have the water service turned off outside and the water meter removed, also, consider winterizing the home’s internal plumbing system.
If your outside water service line is susceptible to frost, you may want to let your water run at a pencil thin stream once the ground is frozen, until the thaw, to avoid your outside service line freezing.
For more information regarding this matter, contact me at (413) 743-0179 ext 13.
John C. Barrett
October 21, 2019
Carbon Water Filters
As per MassDEP Rules and Regulations, the District adds chlorine to the water system to provide protection against disease-causing pathogens; such as bacteria, viruses, and protozoans, that commonly grow in water supply reservoirs, on the walls of water mains and in storage tanks. Chlorine will be added to the system year-round, on a permanent basis.
Chlorine can be removed from the water used in your home by installing a whole house carbon water filter. These filters can be purchased at most hardware stores, including the local Walmart.
Contact me at (413) 743-0978 ext.13 with any questions regarding this matter.
John C. Barrett
July 18, 2019
Chemical Feed & SCADA Upgrades Project
Construction of the Chemical Feed and SCADA Upgrades project located at the Cheshire Harbor Wellfield in Cheshire, at the Maple Street Tank in Adams, and Adams Fire District Office located in Adams are being financed by the Drinking Water State Revolving Fund (DWSRF). The DWSRF program is administered by the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (MassDEP) with joint funding from the US Environmental Protection Agency and the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. This project will add sodium hypochlorite (disinfection) equipment to each of the three well sites, provide a new bulk storage chemical building in the wellfield, add Supervisory Controls And Data Acquisition (SCADA) via radio transmission for data to be shared between the wellfield, Maple Street Tank and District Office, and will provide better quality drinking water for community residents and business in and near Adams, Massachusetts. DWSRF programs operate around the country to provide states and communities the resources necessary to maintain and improve the infrastructure that protects our valuable water resources nationwide.
The Chemical Feed and SCADA Upgrade project began construction in February 2019. The project’s focus has been on installing the disinfection chemical feed system at the Well 4 Pumping Station and working on the electrical upgrades at the Well 2A and Well 3 Stations. New chemical feed pumps have been installed, along with a weigh scale under the day tank (see photo above). An online chemical analyzer is in the process of being installed for continuous monitoring of the amount of chlorine disinfection in the distribution system. Updates on the progress of the project will be posted to this website periodically as construction progresses.
Kathleen A. Fletcher
April 2, 2019