Rates for FY2020
Residents of the Adams Fire District will notice an increase in their water rates and fire protection beginning with bills mailed out in July, 2019. To maintain the level of quality of service the District has been providing with the loss of industry, rising energy costs, maintaining the water distribution system and the general cost of doing business, the Prudential Committee of the Adams Fire District deems it necessary to raise the water rates and fire protection as follows:
Residential: $6.23 per thousand gallons
Commercial: $6.23 per thousand gallons
Industrial: $6.23 per thousand gallons
Customer Charge: $20.00 per quarter
or $80.00 Annually
Fire Protection: $21.00 per quarter
or $84.00 Annually (per unit)
Street Lighting: $7.95 per quarter
or $31.80 Annually (per unit)
Fire Sprinkler: $25.00 per quarter
or $100.00 Annually
There will be no increase in Customer Charge, Street Lighting or Sprinkler Rates.
The Water Rate will increase from $5.61 per thousand gallons to $6.23 per thousand gallons for Residential, Commercial and Industrial accounts.
The Fire Protection will increase from $20.00 per quarter (per unit) to $21.00 per quarter (per unit).
Kathleen A. Fletcher
Clerk & Treasurer
June 10, 2019
Adams Fire District would like to inform the District’s residents that the Water Department will be replacing water meters. If you have any questions please call the District Superintendent @ 743-0978 ext.13.
April 2, 2018
To Receive Emergency Notices
Residents should update their contact information
(home phone, cell phone, and email)
with Reverse 911:
Go to the Berkshire County Sheriff’s Office website,
Go to the Town of Adams website,
click on "Reverse 911 - Get it Now"
(this will bring you to the same website as above)
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 Superintendent Barrett at (413) 743-0978 ext. 13 with any questions regarding this matter.
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