Text Box: Water Superintendent
Thomas Orcutt

Water Commissioners

John McCaffrey (Chairman)

James Gmeiner (Vice-Chairman)

Greg Fishbone (Member)

Commission Meetings: 2nd & 4th Tuesdays at 7:30 PM at Groton Town Hall

Site Updated 08/15/2016
Text Box: Business Manager
April Iannacone

Senior Technician
George Brackett

Senior Technician
Stephen Knox

Office Assistant
Ann Livezey

Hours of Operation: 
Monday: 8:00 AM to 7:00 PM.
Tuesday—Thursday: 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM
Friday: 8:00 AM to 1:00 PM
(978) 448-1122

Customer E-Mail Notification Service

Would you like to stay informed about system maintenance that might affect your service?  Find out when we’ll be flushing hydrants, performing routine repairs, and receive important water related notifications.  Sign up for our email notification at the “Contact Us” page of this site.

Online Water & Sewer Bill Payment Is Available

 

To accommodate our customers who would like the convenience of paying their water and sewer bills online, we offer a low fixed fee electronic check payment option.  You may also pay by credit card for a fee.

 

(This is for a one time only transaction. To setup recurring payments you will need to use the Direct Debit Service.)

 

Have your water and sewer bill in hand (you will need your water account number and the fiscal tax year) and click on the UniBank logo to the right:

MA DEP Public Water Supply Number 2115000

Groton, Massachusetts

An automatic payment plan is available for Groton Water Department customers.

 

With your signed authorization form, the Water Department can directly debit your checking or savings account for the exact amount of your water/sewer bill each billing cycle.  This will save you time and postage, and you will never need to worry about paying late fees, because this is a recurring transaction.

 

Sign up today!  Click here to download the authorization form:

 

2015 Consumer Confidence Report

 

Previous Years Reports

 

This report is also available in printed version at the Groton Town Hall.

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Direct Debit Service Is Available

This years Consumer Confidence Report for water delivered in 2015 is now available. 

If you have any questions about this report or your water quality, we would like to hear from you, please contact us.

 

Consumer Confidence

Online Water & Sewer Bill Payment Is Available

E-Mail Notification Service

Common household leak detection

Could a tiny unnoticeable drip be costing you money on your quarterly water/sewer bill?

 

These few quick easy tips can help your conservation efforts in detecting common household plumbing leaks that could be costing you quite a bit on your quarterly water/sewer bill.

 

Click here to read about a few things you can do to make sure your money isn’t draining away down your plumbing.

Lead and Copper Information

In light of recent news regarding Flint, Michigan and other water suppliers having Lead and Copper issues in their drinking water, the Groton Water Commissioners and Department Staff have put together an informational letter for any of our customers with concerns.

 

As always, please feel free to contact the office with any specific questions or concerns.

 

Groton Water Lead and Copper informational letter.

 

EPA Information and letters:

 

EPA Memo LCR Sampling 2016-02-29

 

EPA Memo Lead Copper Sample Aerators 2006-10-20

 

EPA Collecting and Calculating Compliance 2004-11

 

EPA Memo Grumbles WSG 174-2004-11

REVISED Mandatory Outdoor Watering Ban

Mandatory Water Ban

 

 

The Board of Water Commissioners voted on August 4, 2016, to institute a complete water ban on all lawn watering and lawn irrigation until further notice.

 

 

Middlesex County and Groton, MA is listed as being in a “SEVERE DROUGHT” by the Department of Environmental Protection. The “Drought Watch” status is due to the lack of precipitation over the past 12 to 18 months. This has left our aquifers at extremely “low” levels. In addition, we are seeing increased summer demands for lawn watering. This puts pumping capabilities at our wells at a critical point that we must continue to monitor and address daily. The Groton Water Department understands that this restriction is severe, but we need sufficient supplies of water for every day needs such as cooking and bathing and fire protection. The long term forecast for the next 30 to 45 days is for very little precipitation. 

 

 

Customers not complying with the new restrictions may be levied with a fine of $50.00 for the first offense and $100.00 for the second offense and/or terminated from service.

 

 

 

Approved uses are as follows:

Hand held watering or slow drip irrigation of flower or food gardens and newly planted trees and shrubs.

Charitable car washes as approved by the Water Superintendent

Institutional watering of athletic fields as approved by the Water Superintendent

Water customarily used in construction as approved by the Water Superintendent

Water used in the agriculture.

All other specific uses as approved in writing by the Water Superintendent on a case by case basis

 

 

Washing of cars and filling and/or topping off of swimming pools is prohibited.

 

 

 

If you have any questions regarding this year’s Water Conservation Program, please do not hesitate to contact our offices, Monday through Friday during normal business hours at 978-448-1122.

 

 

 

 

Board of Water Commissioners

 

 

Mass DEP Drought Letter

 

Rainfall History 2015

 

Rainfall History 2016

 

Annual Precipitation History 35 Years

Drought Warning, Watch, Advisory Issued for Portions of Commonwealth 

Monitoring of Water Resources to Continue, Water Conservation Urged 

 

 

BOSTON - August 12, 2016 - With most of Massachusetts continuing to experience dry conditions for a fifth straight month, today, Energy and Environmental Affairs (EEA) Secretary Matthew Beaton declared the following drought levels throughout the Commonwealth: a Drought Warning for Central and Northeast Massachusetts, up from a Drought Watch in July; a Drought Watch for Southeast Massachusetts and the Connecticut River Valley, up from a Drought Advisory in July; and a Drought Advisory for Western Massachusetts and the Cape and Islands. The declaration was the result of a recommendation issued from a recent meeting of the Drought Management Task Force, comprised of state, federal and local officials, and will remain in effect until water levels return to normal in the affected regions.

 

"The declaration made today represents the lasting agricultural, environmental, economic, and public safety impacts associated with prolonged drought conditions," said Energy and Environmental Affairs Secretary Matthew Beaton. "The Baker-Polito Administration will continue to work with the Drought Management Task Force, government officials, and stakeholders to ensure appropriate actions are taken to minimize any harmful effects of the drought. The public is strongly encouraged to limit outdoor water usage, and integrate water-saving techniques into their daily routines."

 

"With drought conditions persisting, and worsening in some areas, the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency is asking the public to actively conserve water by reducing indoor and outdoor water usage" said Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) Director Kurt Schwartz. "Additionally, because of the increased threat of brush and wildland fires due to the extremely dry conditions, the public is urged to exercise extreme caution when using matches, charcoal grills, and other open flames during outdoor activities."

 

A Drought Warning, as outlined in the Massachusetts Drought Management Plan indicates consecutive months of groundwater, stream flow, and reservoir levels being below normal, and initiates a much more concerted set of government responses including instating water restrictions, and more intensified monitoring and coordination between the agencies. Areas within the Drought Warning are currently experiencing precipitation levels 5-8 inches below normal over past four months. The declaration of a Drought Watch represents extremely low groundwater and streamflow levels resulting from prolonged periods of precipitation deficit, including a lack of snowfall in the winter months.  The declaration of a Drought Watch warrants detailed monitoring of drought conditions, close coordination among state and federal agencies, and technical outreach and assistance for the affected municipalities. Additionally, a Drought Advisory indicates a level of dry conditions that warrants closer tracking by government agencies. 

 

The state continues to intensely monitor and assess the drought situation, and environmental and agricultural impacts, and asks the public to be mindful of the amount of water they are using, and to limit outdoor water use to ensure essential needs such as drinking water, fire protection, and crop hydration are being met.

 

For Regions in Drought Warning:

· Outdoor water use should be banned.

 

For Regions in Drought Watch:

· Outdoor watering should be limited to "handheld" with a hose or a watering can after 5pm or before 9am (to avoid evaporative losses); and

· Filling swimming pools, washing cars and washing buildings should be prohibited.

 

For Regions in Drought Advisory:

· Outdoor watering with irrigation systems and sprinklers should be limited to no more than one day per week; and

· Watering with a handheld hose should be limited to after 5pm or before 9 am (to avoid evaporative losses).

 

Certain water uses are not subject to mandatory restrictions, those include: for health or safety reasons; the production of food and fiber; the maintenance of livestock; and to meet the core functions of a business. Additionally, the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (MassDEP) is providing technical assistance to communities on managing systems, including assistance on use of emergency connections and water supplies, as well as assisting towns on how to request a declaration of drought emergency.

 

"We are asking people to heed the restrictions put on non-essential outdoor water use - especially when lawn-watering - that local water suppliers are putting in place to conserve important resources under these adverse conditions," said MassDEP Commissioner Martin Suuberg. "MassDEP will continue to provide technical assistance to water suppliers."