The Adams Fire District, as a separate municipal entity from the Town of Adams, operates on its own budget from the fees collected on your District bills. We strive to provide the best possible service, while keeping the rates at an acceptable level. This is becoming harder to achieve with our aging infrastructure and increasing mandates.
Every year, the District holds an Annual Meeting & Election at the beginning of May where District customers vote on the budget for the next fiscal year. The big expenses for the upcoming budget are the request of the Fire Department for a full-time Fire Chief and full-time Firefighter, and the requests of the Water Department for upgrades and maintenance to the water system. Budget meetings will be held prior to the Annual Meeting to discuss these matters.
Contact Clerk & Treasurer Kathy Fletcher at
413-743-0179 ext. 12 for more information.
December 13, 2018
Winter is Here...
please make sure your home is winterized, including your water pipes!!!
If your house will be vacant during the winter months, it is recommended that you winterize your water system to prevent any freeze ups, which could cause water damage that could prove to be quite costly.
Another recommendation is to let your water run a pencil thin stream when temperatures stay below freezing for any length of time.
If you have any questions regarding this matter, please contact the Fire District Office at (413) 743-0179.
FY19 Meter Rate Increase
Residents of the Adams Fire District will notice an increase in their water rates beginning with bills mailed out in July 2018. 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 as follows:
Residential: $5.61 per thousand gallons
Commercial: $5.61 per thousand gallons
Industrial: $5.61 per thousand gallons
$20.00 per quarter or $80.00 Annually
$20.00 per quarter or $80.00 Annually (per unit)
$7.95 per quarter or $31.80 Annually (per unit)
$25.00 per quarter or $100.00 Annually
There will be no increase in Customer Charge, Fire Protection, Street Lighting or Sprinkler Rates.
The Water Rate will increase from $5.34 per thousand gallons to $5.61 per thousand gallons for Residential and Commercial accounts. The Water Rate will increase from $5.15 per thousand gallons to $5.61 per thousand gallons for Industrial accounts.
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 has been awarded to Bay State Regional Contractors, Inc. out of Yarmouthport, Massachusetts. The preconstruction meeting has occurred, and the project is in the submittal phase of construction before work begins. Updates on the progress of the project will be posted to this website periodically as construction progresses.
Kathleen A. Fletcher
December 18, 2018
If you have a medical emergency , fire emergency, or need the Police: Dial 911