Thank you for visiting our website. The Warren Water District was established by the Acts of 1920. We continue to be a privately owned water district. The business is governed by a three member Board of Commissioners. Which are elected at the Annual Meeting.
The current BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS:
Loretta Beaudry, Clerk Donald Makowski Agent Cynthia Baxter, Member
OFFICE LOCATION: 988 Main St. (across from the Police Department)
Mailing address: P. O. Box 536, Warren, MA 01083-0536
SPECIAL MEETING June 15, 2021 7 PM Shepard Building 48 High St.
WE NEED YOUR HELP WITH THE TREATMENT PLANT. DUE TO THE PANDEMIC THE COST OF BUILDING MATERIALS HAVE INCREASED. WE ARE LOOKING AT ADDITIONAL COSTS. PLEASE ATTEND THE MEETING TO VOTE ON THE CONTINUATION OF THE WATER TREATMENT PLANT.
WARREN WATER DISTRICT 2020
WATER QUALITY CONSUMER
P. O. Box 536
Warren, MA 01083-0536
PWS ID #1311000 July
1 PUBLIC WATER SYSTEM INFORMATION
We are pleased to
provide you, our customer, with this year’s Annual 2020 Water Quality
Report. If you have any questions about
this report or concerning your water utility, please contact Carol Sanders at
413-436-9819, 9 a.m.–1 p.m.,
Monday through Friday, or e-mail us at
want our valued customers to be informed about their water utility. If you would like to learn more, please
attend any of our regularly scheduled meetings.
They are held the 2nd and the 4th Tuesday of the month at 10:00 a.m., at
988 Main Street. Please phone the office
if an evening meeting is needed to be scheduled. Large print documents will be provided upon
request at no additional cost to the person requesting accommodations.
Warren Water District is governed by a three member elected Board. The current Commissioners are: Loretta
Beaudry, Donald Makowski and Cynthia Baxter.
The Commissioners serve a three year term and the District encourages
minorities, females, and individuals with disabilities to apply for nomination
papers which must be filed thirty days prior to the Annual Meeting. The Annual District Meeting is held the 2nd
Thursday of May each year, in the Shepard Municipal Building, Gym at 48 High
St. Warren, MA.
Consumer Confidence Report is available upon request.
LANDLORDS: Please make this report
available to your tenants.
BUSINESSES, SCHOOL OFFICIALS AND
PUBLIC BUILDINGS: Please post this report where employees and people who may
drink this water may read it.
DRINKING WATER SOURCE
Our water sources are two gravel packed
wells and one manifold tubular wellfield located at Comins Pond. We are currently adding
blend of orthophosphate, polyphosphate
sodium hydroxide. The orthophosphate
of these products forms a protective
on ductile iron, steel, copper, lead and
metals to reduce corrosion. The
content of the product
iron, manganese and calcium
the water to reduce staining in plumbing
fixtures. Sodium hydroxide is being used
adjust the pH of the drinking water.
I is a 400 foot radius around each well.
3 PROFESSIONAL LICENSED STAFF
State of Massachusetts has very specific laws requiring operators to be
certified to provide drinking water to the public. Our certified operators are required to hold
both a systems operator license and a treatment license. Our operators are
certified by the Association of Boards of Certification by meeting required
training and continuing education as required by the Massachusetts Division of
Registration, Drinking Water Operators Certification Board.
SUBSTANCES FOUND IN TAP WATER
Sources of drinking water (both tap water and bottled water)
include rivers, lakes, streams, ponds, reservoirs, springs, and wells. As water travels over the surface of the land
or through the ground, it dissolves naturally-occurring minerals, and in some
cases, radioactive material, and can pick up substances resulting from the
presence of animals or from human activity.
Contaminants that may be present in source water include:
as viruses and bacteria, which may come from sewage treatment plants, septic
systems, agricultural livestock operations, and wildlife.Inorganic contaminants-such as salts and metals, which can be naturally-occurring
or result from urban storm water runoff, industrial or domestic wastewater
discharges, oil and gas production, mining, and farming.
Pesticides and herbicides
-which may come from a
variety of sources such as agriculture, urban storm water runoff, and
contaminants-including synthetic and volatile organic
chemicals, which are by-products of industrial processes and petroleum
production, and can also, come from gas stations, urban storm water runoff, and
can be naturally occurring or be the result of oil and gas production and
order to ensure that tap water is safe to drink, the Department of Environmental
Protection (DEP) and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) prescribe
regulations that limit the amount of certain contaminants in water provided by
public water systems. The Food and Drug
Administration (FDA) and Massachusetts Department of Public Health (DPH)
regulations establish limits for contaminants in bottled water that must
provide the same protection for public health.
All drinking water, including bottled water, may reasonably be expected
to contain at least small amounts of some contaminants. The presence of contaminants does not
necessarily indicate that water poses a health risk. More information about contaminants and
potential health effects can be obtained by calling the EPA’s Safe Drinking
Water Hotline (800-426-4791).
people may be more vulnerable to contaminants in drinking water than the
general population. Immuno-compromised
persons such as persons with cancer undergoing chemotherapy, persons who have
undergone organ transplants, people with HIV/AIDS or other immune system
disorders, some elderly, and some infants can be particularly at risk from
infections. These people should seek
advice about drinking water from their health care providers. EPA/Centers for Disease Control and
Prevention (CDC) guidelines on lowering the risk of infection by
Cryptosporidium and other microbial contaminants are available from the Safe
Drinking Water Hotline (800-426-4791). Section 5
Contaminant Level (MCL) – The
highest level of a contaminant that is allowed in drinking water. MCLs are set as close to the MCLGs as
feasible using the best available treatment technology. Maximum Contaminant Level Goal
(MCLG) –The level of a contaminant in drinking water below which there
is no known or expected risk to health.
MCLGs allow for a margin of safety.
Level (AL) – The
concentration of a contaminant which, if exceeded, triggers treatment or other
requirements that a water system must follow.
and Exemptions – State
or EPA permission not to meet an MCL or a treatment technique under certain
per million, or milligrams per liter (mg/L) ppb =
parts per billion, or micrograms per liter (ug/L) pCi/L
= picocuries per liter (a measure of radioactivity)
Section 6 2020 WATER QUALITY TESTING
The water quality information presented in the table(s) is
from the most recent round of testing done in accordance with regulations. All data shown was collected during the
calendar year of January 1 to December 31, 2020 unless otherwise noted in the
table(s). All other testing including
bacteriological reports conducted throughout the year was below detectable
WAIVER GRANTED: The Department of
Environmental Protection granted a waiver for the testing of Synthetic Organic
ASBESTOS: Some people who drink water containing asbestos
in excess of the MCL over many years may have an increased risk of developing
benign intestinal polyps. The next round of asbestos testing is
scheduled for 2022. RADIUM 226 & 228 AND GROSS ALPHA: The next round of
testing is scheduled for 2024.
LEAD AND COPPER: Educational flyers
on the health effects of lead in drinking water are available at the District
Percentile: Out of every 10 homes sampled, 9 were at or below this level. This
number is compared to the action level to determine lead and copper compliance.
The next round of Lead and Copper is
scheduled for 2022.
Date Collected90TH percentile# of sites exceeded# of sites sampledAction levelMCLGViolation (Y/N)Possible source of contamination Lead ug/L9/24/19
household plumbing systems, erosion of natural deposits
household plumbing systems, erosion of natural deposits Lead is a common
metal found throughout the environment in lead-based paint, air, soil,
household dust, and food, certain types of pottery porcelain and pewter, and
water. Lead can pose a significant risk
to your health if too much of it enters your body. Lead builds up in the body over many years
and can cause damage to the brain, red blood cells, and kidneys. The greatest risk is to young children and
pregnant women. Amounts of lead that
won’t hurt adults can slow down normal mental and physical development of
growing bodies. In addition, a child at
play often comes into contact with sources of lead contamination – like dirt
and dust- that rarely affect an adult.
It is important to wash children’s hands and toys often, and to try to
make sure they put only food in their mouths.
Educational flyers on the health effects of lead in drinking water are
available at the District office.
Lead: If present,
elevated levels of lead can cause serious health problems, especially for
pregnant women and young children. Lead
in drinking water is primarily from materials and components associated with
service lines and home plumbing. Warren
Water District is responsible for providing high quality drinking water, but
cannot control the variety of materials used in plumbing components. When your water has been sitting for several
hours, you can minimize the potential for lead exposure by flushing your tap
for 30 seconds to 2 minutes before using water for drinking or cooking. If you are concerned about lead in your
water, you may wish to have your water tested.
Information on lead in drinking water, testing method and steps you can
take to minimize exposure is available from the Safe Drinking Water Hotline or
Copper:Copper is an
essential nutrient, but some people who drink water containing copper in excess
of the action level over a relatively short amount of time could experience
gastrointestinal distress. Some people
who drink water containing copper in excess of the action level, over many
years, could suffer liver and kidney damage.
People with Wilson’s disease should consult their personal doctor.
Section 6 2020 WATER QUALITY TESTING RESULTS (Continued)MANGANESE:
Manganese is a naturally occurring mineral found in rocks, soil
and groundwater, and surface water. Manganese is necessary for proper nutrition
and is part of a healthy diet, but can have undesirable effects on certain
sensitive populations at elevated concentrations. The United States
Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and MassDEP have set an aesthetics‐based Secondary Maximum Contaminant Level (SMCL) for
manganese of 50 ug/L (micrograms per liter), or 50 parts per billion. In
addition, MassDEP’s Office of Research and Standards (ORS) has set a drinking
water guideline for manganese (ORSG), which closely follows the EPA public
health advisory for manganese. Drinking
water may naturally have manganese and, when concentrations are greater than 50
ug/L, the water may be discolored and taste bad. Over a lifetime, the EPA
recommends that people drink water with manganese levels less than 300 ug/L and
over the short term, EPA recommends that people limit their consumption of
water with levels over 1000 ug/L, primarily due to concerns about possible
neurological effects. Children up to 1 year of age should not be given water
with manganese concentrations over 300 ug/L, nor should formula for infants be
made with that water for longer than 10 days.The ORSG differs from the EPA’s health
advisory because it expands the age group to which a lower manganese
concentration applies from children less than 6 months of age to children up to
1 year of age to address concerns about children’s susceptibility to manganese
toxicity.See: EPA Drinking Water Health Advisory for Manganese
http://www.epa.gov/safewater/ccl/pdfs/reg_determine1/support_cc1_magnese_dwreport.pdf and MassDEP Office of Research and Standards
Guideline (ORSG) for Manganese http://www.mass.gov/eea/agencies/massdep/water/drinking/manganese-in-drinking-water.html *A:
*B: Comins Pond Pump Station
**US EPA and MassDEP have established
public health advisory levels for manganese to protect against concerns of
potential neurological effects.
or Secondary Contaminant
or Range Detected
of natural deposits
or Secondary Contaminant
or Range Detected
of natural deposits
*A: Sources Pre-treatment *B: Comins Pond Pump Station
Section 6 2020 WATER QUALITY TESTING RESULTS (Continued) NITRATE: Nitrate in drinking
water at levels above 10 ppm is a health risk for infants of less than six
months of age. High nitrate levels in
drinking water can cause blue baby syndrome.
Nitrate levels may rise quickly for short periods of time because of
rainfall or agricultural activity. If
you are caring for an infant, you should ask for advice from your health care
Regulated ContaminantDate CollectedResultMg/LDetection LimitMg/LMCLG or Violation (Y/N)Possible Source of Contamination
Runoff from fertilizer use, leaching from septic tanks,
sewage, erosion of natural deposits.
was tested 10/1/2020 and was below reported limits.
VOLATILE ORGANIC COMPOUNDS: The (VOC) was tested
on 4/1/2020, and the test results were Below Regulated Limit (B.R.L.) for all
tested 10/1/2020. All were below
detected limits except Sodium and Barium.
individuals, such as those experiencing hypertension, kidney failure, or
congestive heart failure, should be aware of the levels of sodium in their
drinking water where exposures are being carefully controlled. For additional
information, contact your health care provider, your local board of health or
the Massachusetts Department of Public Health.
Regulated ContaminantDate CollectedResultmg/LMDL(mg/L)MCL(mg/L)Violation (Y/N)Possible Source of Contamination
Natural sources; runoff from road salt
*No current MCL, however DEP Research
and Standards has established a guideline limit for this contaminant.
BARIUM: Some people who drink water containing
barium in excess of the MCL over many years could experience an increase in
their blood pressure. For additional information, contact your health care
provider, your local board of health or the Massachusetts Department of Public
Regulated ContaminantDate CollectedResultmg/LMCL(mg/L)Violation (Y/N)Possible Source of Contamination
Discharge of drilling wastes; Discharge from metal
refineries; Erosion of natural deposits PERCHLORATE: This test was conducted 8/19/2020, and the
results were below detected limits. Perchlorate is widely used as a component of
propellants in rockets, missiles, and fireworks. Perchlorate is a human health concern as it
can interfere with iodide uptake into the thyroid gland, which can disrupt thyroid
function and can potentially disrupt fetal and child development.
SOURCE WATER ASSESSMENT PROGRAM (SWAP)
The Department of Environmental Protection DEP, conducts a
SWAP to help the District recognize the potential contaminant sources within
Zone I and Zone II, and identify land uses within this area. Potential contaminant sources are the parking
area for beach users and aquatic wildlife.
is available on DEP’s website www.state.ma.us/dep/brp/dws/ Section 8 WATER CONSERVATION TIPS!FIX A LEAK WEEK: The Warren
Water District has teamed up with Lowes at 348 Palmer Rd., Ware to offer
discount savings on plumbing supplies to fix a leak and replacement
showerheads, faucets or toilets. Look
for information on Fix-a-leak week coming in March 2022.
water-saving faucets and low-flow showerheads.
Check your toilets
for leaks: The leaks are sometimes so small you cannot
hear or see them. Remove the tank cover
and add a few drops of food coloring (red, green) to the tank, let set for
approximately 2 hours. Then, look in the
bowl. Do you see discolored water (red,
green)? If so, you have a leak and
should call a professional plumber. A
leaking toilet can use up to 200 gallons a day.
Section 9 DROUGHT CONDITIONS &
District enforced a mandatory water use restriction in 2020 and has continued
this restriction until September 30, 2021 under the guidance of the DEP, Water
Management Act Permit.
District, through its Board of Water Commissioners, may declare a State of
Water Conservation if the Board by a majority vote determines a shortage of
water exists. Notification will take
place by the following: 1) Notice mailed with your quarterly bill 2)
Public access TV 3) Bill-board display located at 988 Main St. The following restrictions may occur:
day outdoor watering 2) Outdoor
watering Ban 3) Filling of swimming
pools 4) Use of automatic sprinklers OR No nonessential outdoor water use
is allowed between 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
use restrictions are implemented to protect your water supply and ensure water
quality during a State of Water Supply Emergency. (Article 15 of the District By-laws, Water
Use Restrictions, available upon request)
Section 10 BACKFLOW PREVENTION &
CROSS CONNECTION What is a cross connection? A cross connection is a direct
arrangement of a piping line which allows the potable water supply to be
connected to a line which contains a contaminant. An example is: a garden hose attached to a
service sink with the end of the hose submerged in a tub full of
detergent. The District is regulated
under a Department of Environmental Protection approved cross connection
program in accordance with 310 CMR 22.22.
Cross connection control is achieved by the combined cooperative effort
between plumbing and health officials, the water supplier, and the property
owners. Homeowners are required to
protect their drinking water supply when residential sprinkler systems are
Surveys are conducted on new businesses as
required. During 2020, in accordance
with regulations sixteen businesses and four home sprinkler systems were
tested. Two devices failed and repaired.
11 ONLINE BILL PAY or Autopay
To accommodate our customers, we offer online bill pay
through Unibank. Go to: https://unipaygold.unibank.com Choose Warren Water District. Enter your 8 digits of your account number
and complete each screen to process your payment. We also accept MasterCard, American Express
and Discover credit card payments. Fees assessed on a per transaction basis by
Section 12 GROUNDWATER PROTECTION
The Wellhead Protection Plan that was approved by the
Department of Environmental Protection along with this and other by-laws are
the cornerstones of our Master Plan.
The Groundwater Protection By-law was adopted by the Town of
Warren May of 2005. The purpose of this
by-law is to promote the health, safety, and general welfare of the community
by ensuring quality and an adequate quantity of drinking water for its
residents and to protect the potential sources of our drinking water
A Groundwater Protection Regulation was adopted by the Board
of Health of the Town of Warren, January 10, 2002 pursuant to M.G.L. Chapter 111, Section
31, and 122.
The Groundwater Protection By-law and Regulation
is available upon request at the District office.
13 VISIT OUR DISTRICT WEBSITE
website has been developed to provide you updates on meeting date and times,
hydrant flushing, office hours, office policies such as shut off procedures.
Please visit: warrenwaterdistrict.net Section
14 CLOSING STATEMENT
This past year of 2020 was very
challenging for all of us. We
encountered many delays with the development of the Comins Pond Water Treatment
Plant. This treatment facility will
filter out the iron and manganese that is causing our water to be discolored. All permits are now in place and we are
scheduled to begin construction in July. With that being said, Comins Pond is closed
for the season to all activities including swimming beginning July 19, 2021.
We understand how difficult dealing
with the dirty water situation is and Thank You for your continued support as
work to build the treatment facility.
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