Fall Hydrant Flushing Starting in October
The Westford Water Department will begin flushing water mains in October as part of our comprehensive maintenance program. Although we have recently received some significant precipitation, at this time the state has not yet lifted the Level 3 drought declaration. Nevertheless, we believe it's important to proceed with the flushing program as this is critical to maintaining water quality.
Flushing is performed between the hours of 8:00 am and 3:00 pm, Monday through Friday. For daily updates of streets or neighborhoods being flushed visit the Westford Water Department website at www.westfordma.gov/water, and click Hydrant Flushing Schedule. This program involves opening fire hydrants and valves to create increased water flows which dislodge and remove naturally occurring sediment in the water mains. Flushing is critical to maintain water quality and main carrying capacity. We anticipate completion of the fall flushing program at the end of October. As a result of the flushing process, residents in the immediate vicinity of the work may experience temporary discoloration of their water and/or low pressure. This discoloration is harmless and does not affect the safety of the water. If you experience discolored water, run your cold water after flushing is completed for the day, until clear (may take up to 20 minutes). Accordingly, we recommend you avoid doing laundry during flushing in your area.
Flushing will mostly be conducted in the Forge Village and Hitchin Post neighborhoods - with additional spot flushing throughout town.
Declaration of Level 3-Critical Drought for Northeast Massachusetts
With Massachusetts experiencing elevated temperatures and forecasts predicting little or no meaningful precipitation. Energy and Environmental Affairs Secretary Beth Card declared on July 21 a Level 3-Critical Drought for the Northeast Region of the state. Click on the Massachusetts Drought Alert for details.
Accordingly, Westford's Stage III Outdoor Water Use Restrictions remain in effect. See below for details.
Upgrade to Stage III Outdoor Water Use Restrictions
Due to ongoing drought conditions and increased demand, the Westford Water Department has implemented Stage III Outdoor Water Use Restrictions, effective immediately. At this time, we ask our customers to refrain from all outdoor watering using automatic sprinklers. The use of a hand-held hose with automatic shut off or watering can is allowed. These restrictions apply to the public water system; however, we recommend that private well owners consider limiting their outdoor water use.
Failure to comply with the mandatory restrictions identified under Stage III is subject to a fine of $50 for the first violation and $100 for each subsequent violation. Each day of violation shall constitute a separate offense. Fines are issued pursuant to section 169.7.I (Regulation of Use - Penalties) under the Town of Westford's General Bylaws.
Visit Outdoor Water Use Restrictions for additional information.
Thank you for your cooperation.
New Water Conservation Website
We are pleased to announce a new water conservation website created by Westford Academy student Rohita Krishnakamur. The website was put together as part of a Girl Scout Gold Award Project, which is designed to address a root cause of a timely and important issue. For some great information on water conservation please visit the new website: https://westfordwater.wixsite.com/waterconservation
Re-opening and stagnant water in buildings
Many buildings in town have been closed due to the COVID pandemic. With many of these buildings due to be reopened shortly the MassDEP has provided some important guidance on addressing stagnant water in buildings as a result of the COVID shutdowns. Click on MassDEP Guidance on Stagnant Water for information on how to address stagnant water within your facility.
Have a question or comment for the Water Department?
You can call us at 978-692-5529 or leave an email by clicking on the "Email" link on the upper right hand side of the page.
Water Department projects link
Information on current Water Department projects can be found by clicking on the 'Water Department Projects' link to the left, and then clicking on the project of interest.
Online Bill Pay Service Provider for Water Bill Payments
City Hall Systems is the Online Bill Pay Service Provider for the Westford Water Department. Some helpful features are described below:
- Paying out of your checking account by ACH E-Check is free for Water Bill payments.
- Payment by Debit or Credit Card is subject to credit card company fees based on a percentage of the amount being paid, with a minimum fee of $3. For this reason we strongly recommend using ACH E-Check to avoid all fees.
- Customers can pay as a guest or they can establish a user account.
- Customers who establish a user account will gain access to some great features; payment scheduling, payment history inquiry and new to Westford - E-Billing.
- We are pleased to offer E-Billing to our customers. You may sign up to receive your bill via Email only (E-Billing), or to have your bill delivered via Email and U.S. Mail (E-Notice). Once signed up, you will receive a notice by email each quarter.
View additional information on to the bill pay system, by visiting the City Hall Systems website.
Water Bill Calculator
Want to know how your water bill is calculated - or check your water usage? Click on the link below to access our Water Bill Calculator. Simply enter the requested information to calculate your bill and determine your water usage. View the Water Bill Calculator or learn how to read your water meter by viewing the February 2011 Water Department InFLOWmation Newsletter (PDF).
Service Line Insurance
Periodically our customers get calls from companies offering water service line insurance. We would like our customers to know that the Westford Water Department does not endorse any service line insurance product or company, and we recommend exercising due diligence before making a decision to purchase insurance. Before considering purchasing service line insurance you may want to check with your home insurance company-as some policies do offer some coverage for service line repairs or replacement.