Water Department

Mission


Our mission is to provide the Town with safe, potable drinking water through careful management and operation of the existing sources of water, and through ongoing maintenance and operation of the distribution system.

Main Street and Route 28 Water Main  (4/18/19)

Contractor will be doing paving work on Friday 4-19 at the intersection of Brick Kiln Road and Ox Bow. Traffic detour on Brick Kiln eastbound will continue through at least Tuesday April 23rd.  By late Tuesday and or early Wednesday we will be on Teaticket Highway going westbound.  Electronic bill boards will be out on Monday warning about upcoming traffic impacts. During the work day from 7AM to 5PM traffic will be one lane only on Teaticket.  Police details will manage the alternating traffic flow.
Expect  traffic delays. Go to http://www.falmouthmass.us/986/Traffic-Updates to see updated plans. If you want to be on a notification list for the project send an email to steve.rafferty@falmouthma.gov with your email address.     


Hydrant Flushing and Painting (3/12/19 )

Open the document to the right named  "Hydrants flushed 5-23-18" to see a map with all the hydrants located.  Highlighted hydrants are the ones that have been flushed since 2016.   We flush during the spring and the fall each year.  We have flushed over 50% of the 3000 hydrants to date.  Hydrants with the reflective whips on them are hydrants that have been flushed under this program.  During the spring, summer and fall we paint hydrants.  In 2019 we plan on painting hydrants on Wild Harbor Road, Sippeswissett and Quissett Ave and the Akapesket Penninsula.  
 

Water Quality - Lead and Copper (3/28/19)


In accordance with our testing plan we  sampled for lead and copper at 61 private homes in the fall of 2018.  We have commenced with the 2019 spring round of testing.  During the Fall testing cycle, 3 of the 61 homes tested above the action level for lead and those homeowners were notified.  The lead is not from the source water, but is present in the piping in older homes and may leach into the water if the water is stagnant for a long period of time.  For more detailed information open and read the documents on the right titled "Sampling for lead at your house's tap" and the 2017 public education brochure - lead". 

Water Supply -  (3/12/19)


Your water is supplied from several sources. To see a map click on the document link for Water Resource Areas on the right side of this page.
  • Long Pond  is a protected surface water reservoir it is our primary sources, and has been since 1898.  In 2017 it provided 52% of our water.
  • The Crooked Pond Water Filtration Plant treats water from both the Crooked Pond Well and the Coonamessett Wells and provided 25% of our water in 2017.
  • Fresh Pond Well  was taken off line early in 2017 due to perchlorate being detected at 2.2ppb, above the allowable level of 2.0ppb.  It provided roughly 4.2% of our water.
  • Mares Pond Well provided  6.6% of our water.
  • From the Upper Cape Regional Water Co-op, the Town obtains water from wells located on the northen side of the Mass Military Reservation. The Town obtained 12% of the total supply from this source.

Water Treatment (06/15/18)


All sources are disinfected with sodium hypochlorite and treated with sodium hydroxide to provide pH adjustment. The average pH of the water in the system is approximately 8.0.   Water  delivered to your residence through our transmission and storage system, comprised of 370 miles of water main, 4 water storage tanks and approximately 22,000 service connections.