Hydrant Flow Test
The Monson Water Department will be conducting a Fire Hydrant Flow Test at 232 State Avenue from 10:00 to 10:30 am Thursday, November 21, 2013. Residents may experience rusty water and a loss of pressure. The discolored water is temporary and not harmful, however, we do advise residents take precautions regarding their laundry routine. Open your cold water faucet and let the water run until it runs clear before starting any laundry. For more information please contact the Water Department at 413-267-4130.
Monson Well Capacity
In order to properly inform our customers we wish to provide the following facts regarding the Town of Monson’s Well Capacity. In 2007 and 2008 the Monson Water Department pumped an average of 472,000 and 480,000 gallons per day (gpd) respectively with absolute ease. Since that time, conservation efforts on the part of the residents and businesses of Monson in conjunction with our leak detection and repair work have significantly reduced our average daily usage. In 2012 we averaged 373,000 per day and that included the last year of MDC. In 2013 we are averaging 330,000 per day. Presently, our pumps only need to run four times per week to meet that demand. We are ultra conservative when it comes to our wells and our equipment so when we say with our present configuration we could safely and reliably
pump 650,000 gpd, it is a fact. We have four active wells at this time but we only use three per pumping cycle as we constantly switch which well we use at the Bunyan Road Station to extend their longevity. 650,000 gpd is almost double what we are using now and that would be an unprecedented amount of growth. Based on our existing MassDEP water withdrawal registration we are allowed to pump an average of 920,000 gpd. However, in our opinion, if we ever needed to push past the 650,000 gpd mark an additional well would be required. In the event that much growth was experienced we would incorporate the satellite well we already have waiting for us at the Palmer Road Station. This well was drilled in the late 1960’s but was never used. We subjected it to a rigorous pump test in 2005 when we were upgrading the Bunyan and Palmer Road Stations and it performed very well and will augment our system nicely if we ever need it and at a very moderate
Palmer’s proposed minimum of 35,000 gpd would barely replace the usage we lost when the MDC closed. The proposed maximum of 150,000 gpd would bring us back to 2008 pumping levels and we would still have additional capacity to handle any MDC reuse and a massive residential boom without any changes to our system. Please contact us if you have any questions regarding your Public Water System and the water you drink.
Change in Realty Sale Closing Procedure
At our meeting held on June 12, 2013 the Monson Water & Sewer Commission voted unanimously to alter our Departments current Realty Closing Procedure. Please click here to learn more about this change and how it may effect you.
Water System Chlorination Satus
At our meeting held on December 5, 2012, the Monson Water & Sewer Commission voted unanimously to continue chlorination on a preventative maintenance basis. Please be advised there are no problems at this time. In fact all of our recent testing has been perfect (please click here to see our testing results). The small amount of chlorine in our distribution and storage systems provides us with a level of disinfection which is insurance against potential contamination from water main breaks and has had a positive impact on our coliform sampling. If you have any questions
please contact us at 267-4130.
Homeserve and Dominion Water Line Replacement Programs
We are aware that the Homserve and Dominion Companies are mailing sales flyers to water customers in Monson and we wish to offer the following comments in that regard:
- The Monson Water & Sewer Department (MW&SD) is not affiliated with the Homeserve or Dominion Companies in any way or fashion. We neither approve nor disapprove of their program.
- The homeowner / property owner is responsible for the water service line from the house or structure to the property line or curb stop as per Water Department Rules and Regulations.
- Enrollment in this program is completely the decision of the individual and is not mandatory.
- The MW&SD recommends that any homeowner collect all available information and consult with an attorney before entering into any service agreement.
- The MW&SD will be more than happy to answer any questions you may have in regard to the age and or condition of your present water service line to assist you in your decision.
- For those customers who wish to replace their service on their own we can provide a list of contractors whom we have worked with in the past.
- Please make sure your contractor calls Dig Safe before any work begins to protect you and your property. Also, don’t forget to contact us so we can inspect the work to make sure it has been done properly and we can update our records.
New Remittance: Continue to make your check payabe to "Town of Monson" and return top portion of your statement to:
Town of Monson
Department 1080, PO Box 4110
Woburn, MA 01888-4110
Fiscal Year 2013 Water & Sewer Balances WILL become a Lien on Property if not paid immediately
Prior year Water and Sewer balances WILL BECOME A LIEN ON PROPERTY and will be reflected on the Actual Real Estate Bills due in February and May 2014 IF THESE BALANCES ARE NOT PAID IN FULL BY NOVEMBER 1, 2013.
Fiscal Year 2014 Quarterly Water & Sewer Bills
Quarterly Bills for FY2014 2nd Quarter usage period July 2013 - September 2013 will be mailed October 22, 3013 and are due payable November 22, 2013.
Rate Change Effective April 1, 2013:
Sewer Residential Flat Rate $322.60/Year or $80.65/quarter ~ Water Rate $5.35/1000 gallons, 6250 gallons or $33.44 Minimum/quarter.
The Water & Sewer Commission has scheduled it's next meeting on December 4, 2013 @ 6:30 p.m. at the Water & Sewer Department. Please contact us beforehand if you wish to be scheduled on the agenda.
This Institution is an equal opportunity provider. To file a complaint of discrimination write USDA, Director, Office of Civil Rights, Washington, DC 20250-9410