SalemNews.com, Salem, MA

November 14, 2012

Danvers ends water-use ban

BY ETHAN FORMAN STAFF WRITER
The Salem News

---- — DANVERS — The town has lifted all restrictions on outdoor water use after its treatment plant on Lake Street in Middleton reopened Monday.

At the end of September, the town banned all outdoor water use, such as watering lawns or gardens and washing cars in the driveway, after it shut down the plant to install new piping, part of an ongoing $21 million renovation project.

While the completion of the project is still six months away, Town Manager Wayne Marquis said yesterday that the plant won approval from the state Department of Environmental Protection to reopen.

When the water treatment plant was offline, the town could no longer draw water from its main reservoir, Middleton Pond. To supply both Danvers and Middleton, the town got permission from the state DEP to draw water from two wells adjacent to the Ipswich River.

The town also purchased approximately 1 million gallons a day from Beverly at a cost of $5,500 a day, Marquis said. The two wells supplied another 800,000 to 900,000 gallons a day.

Water usage this time of year averages about 2.7 million gallons a day. Marquis said the Water Division staff did a good job of balancing water from a 10 million-gallon tank on the grounds of the former Danvers State Hospital and a 5 million-gallon tank on Folly Hill.

The town does not anticipate that customers will have any issues such as discolored water with the treatment plant being brought back online. A number of customers had noticed an odor of chlorine while using Beverly’s water, Marquis said.

The work at the Vernon C. Russell Water Treatment Plant is being done to improve water quality and meet new federal quality guidelines.

Staff writer Ethan Forman can be reached at 978-338-2673, by email at eforman@salemnews.com or on Twitter at @DanverSalemNews.