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Fall 2018 Fall Flushing-South Acton

           The Acton Water District will begin its fall water main flushing program on Monday, October 1, 2018, and will continue for the entire month of October.  We will be flushing water mains in an area generally east of Main Street/Route 27 and south of Route 2 (South Acton).  Additional streets in other parts of Acton may be flushed towards the end of October as needed to maintain water quality.  Discolored water and periods of low, to no, pressure may be experienced on, or in the general vicinity of any of the streets being flushed.  Impacts associated with flushing may be experienced in areas that are not directly being flushed.  We will place road signs in the vicinity prior to initiating flushing on any street.

            Flushing will occur between the hours of 8 AM and 8 PM Monday - Thursday.  We will not be flushing on Monday, October 8th due to the Columbus Day holiday.  At any time during this period, customers may experience discolored water.  It is advisable to draw and store some drinking water prior to flushing.  Any customers experiencing discolored water should not launder light-colored clothing, or run their dishwashers, as the minerals in the water may cause staining.

            We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.  This process is necessary for the protection of public health and safety.  By the periodic removal of sediment in the distribution system, we can maintain water quality and minimize future incidents of discolored water.  It also allows us to exercise valves and hydrants to make sure they are operating properly and identify any necessary repairs.

Flushing Timeline

 (subject to change based on our progress)

Phase Approximate Start Date Task
 All Phases 10/1-10/31  See map of Zones
Phase 1 10/1

Starting on Main Street near Ace Hardware and moving north to Mass Ave.  Turning right on Mass Ave to Piper Rd and then up to Brucewood

Phase 2 10/2

Back at Main Street starting point and head south to School Street and River Street up to Chadwick.  Head up Piper to Brucewood

Phase 3 10/3

All of the Woods area over to Hosmer Street.  Brucewood, Redwood, Arborwood, etc.

 Phase 4  10/10

School Street toward Lawsbrook Road and side streets to include Lisa Lane and Lexington Drive

*Heritage & Pond View may see an impact even though they will not be directly flushed*

Lawsbrook Road to the Concord line; Craig Road and Bellantoni


A water main break on Foster Street will postpone flushing today.

Phase 5 10/16

Carriage Drive, Pondview and Gioconda; River, Parker, Hillcrest and Fox Hill Road

Parker Street and move toward River

Phase 6 10/17

Brookside, Parker towards High Street, Ayer Road, Drummer Road, Silver Hill, Broadview and Valley

Phase 7 10/18

High Street from Main Street, Faulkner Hill, Audubon Hill, Conant Street, Country Club

Phase 8 10/22 Main Street from High to the Maynard Line, Sylvia, Pine, and dead ends off Main Street, Conant Street from Main Street to High Street, Faulkner Hill, Colonial, Farley, Centennial Lane
Phase 9  10/23 - 10/24 Adams Street, Carlton Drive, Putter, Robert Road, Gerald Circle, Maillet Drive, Puritan Road , Old High Street, Adaline Way, Dunham Lane
Phase 10 10/25

Powdermill Road, High Street

Phase 11 10/29-10/31

Knox Trail, Heritage Road, Westside Drive, Craig Road, Breezy Point, Monument Place, Northbriar Road

Phase 12 11/1

Northbriar Road, Sawmill, Ashley Circle, Mildam Road, Wheeler Lane, Badger Circle

Phase 13 11/5

Continue on Northbriar; Monument Place

Phase 14 11/6-11/7

Finish Northbriar; Ashley Circle, Wheeler Lane, Monunment & Sullivan

Phase 15 11/7

Martha, Monument and Quarry; Avalon areas

Phase 16 11/8 & 11/12

11/8-No flushing  11/12-No flushing-Veterans Day Observed

Phase 17 11/13 Avalon Bay Area

2018 Rain Barrel Program

Acton residents are eligible to purchase rain barrels at a discounted rate for the first fifty (50) buyers!

Spring 2018 Water Main Flushing

The Acton Water District began its spring water main flushing program on Monday, April 9, 2018.  Primarily, flushing will be to the water mains in Acton Center.  This is roughly an area bounded by Route 2 north to the Route 2A/119 corridor and east towards the Concord town line (East Acton).  Flushing was completed on April 25, 2018.

Request for Proposals on the Development of a  Solar Energy Project

The purpose of this Request for Proposals (“RFP”) is to seek proposals from qualified and experienced renewable energy developers.

Seasonal Outdoor Water Use Bylaw Update

The Massachusetts Drought Management Task Force met again on May 9th to evaluate current conditions, including the precipitation that occurred in April and early May.  It was recommended that the drought declaration for all parts of Massachusetts be lifted and conditions returned to normal.

Parker Street Culvert replacement and road closure  May 26, 2017

During the course of the Parker Street culvert replacement, the main 8” water pipe that traverses the brook will be shut off.  Due to an alteration of flow dynamics, this may cause some discoloration of water in the general vicinity of Parker St, School St, River St, and the Carriage-Hillcrest neighborhood.  Any discoloration should subside once the system reaches equilibrium.  The work to shutdown this pipe will take place this week, weather permitting, and this will last several weeks to support the replacement of the culvert.  Thank you for your patience and understanding.

Aerial Drone Flyover of the South Acton Water Treatment Plant

The South Acton Water Treatment Plant has been operating at a high level of efficiency for two years.  The primary purpose of the plant is the removal of naturally occurring iron & manganese from five of the District’s wells. The plant filters about 40% of the District’s supply.  Please enjoy this brief aerial tour

2017 Spring Flushing Program

Our spring water main flushing program began Tuesday, April 11, 2017.  We will be flushing water mains southwest of Route 2 and west of Route 27/Main St (West Acton).  The flushing finished up on 05/04/17.

2017 Rain Barrel Program

Acton residents were eligible to purchase rain barrels at a discounted rate for the first fifty (50) buyers!  The program ended on 4/29/17 and was a huge success this year.

Fall Water Main Flushing to begin October 3rd, 2016

The Acton Water District will begin its fall water main flushing program on Monday, October 3, 2016, and will continue for the entire month of October.  Due to drought conditions and our current outdoor water use ban, adjustments to this plan may be necessary as we get into October. Flushing finished up on 10/20/16

Water Main Break on the Town of  Concords supply line located in Acton on Great Road/2A (9/7/2016)

A water main break has occured on the Concords Water Main located in Acton on Great Road.  The town of Concord is on site for repairs and some customers in Acton that are served by Concord will be without water. 

Indian Village Water Main Upgrade

The Indian Village and Littlefield Road Water Main Improvement has been put on hold due to superseding priorities.  This project may be revisited in the spring of 2017.

RainBarrel Program 2016

Acton residents had the opportunity to purchase The Great American Rain Barrel at discounted prices.

South Acton Transmission Line and High Street Main upgrade

This project was completed in May 2015

South Acton Water Treatment Plant Construction

The SAWTP was finished in June 2015, this page contains construction updates.  However the permanent page for all information current to the SAWTP can be found by clicking here.

Stow Street Water Main

The contractor, Onyx Corporation of Acton, has completed this project.

Lead information sheet

The recent problem in Flint, MI has prompted questions from the public, this web page contain information as it relates to Acton and other resources for you to learn more about Lead.

Manganese Fact Sheet

This fact sheet is intended to inform you about manganese in drinking water, typical concentrations, its contribution to overall manganese exposure in humans, especially infants, and provide guidance on health protective limits in drinking water.

2015 Sodium Results

The Acton Water District conducts annual sampling of all wells for sodium.  The most recent results entering our distribution system can be seen here. 

RainBarrel Program 2015

Acton residents have the opportunity to purchase The Great American Rain Barrel at discounted prices.

Solicitation for Private Water Service Repair Insurance

The Acton Water District (AWD) is aware that customers have received a direct solicitation from HomeServe USA Repair Management Corp (HomeServe).

Pressure Reducing Valve and High Water Pressure

Sustained pressure that exceeds 80 psi can damage on-site plumbing systems and may affect your water fixtures.  Some areas of our system do exceed this pressure and you may consider having a licensed plumber install a pressure-reducing valve at your home.

Important Water Quality Notice January 2015

Our water system recently violated a monthly drinking water standard.  Although this incident was not an emergency, as our customers, you have a right to know what happened and what we did to correct this situation.

Hayward Road Water Main Improvement (updated 11/4/2014)

Onyx Corp will be shutting down a small portion of Main Street today at the intersection of Hayward Road.  Some discoloration may be experienced due to an abnormal hydraulic configuration.

 Water Quality Report Available

The latest water quality report summarizing water samples collected throughout our system in 2013 is available at  Please share this information with other users of water in your home, business, or neighborhood.  If you require an alternate form of this report or have questions on the information contained in it, please contact Matthew Mostoller, Environmental Manager at 978-263-9107 or 

Important Water Quality Notice July 2014

Our water system recently violated a monthly drinking water standard.  Although this incident was not an emergency, as our customers, you have a right to know what happened and what we did to correct this situation.

National Drinking Water Week is May 4th - 10th

The Value of Water - #valueofwater

2014 Rain Barrel Program

The  Water Supply District of Acton has partnered with the Great American Rain Barrel Company in Hyde Park, MA to offer recycled barrels to residents as part of a community wide water conservation program.

Contractor Mobilized to Hayward Road (Updated May 19, 2014)

Contractor will be doing some additional Water Main Upgrades on Hayward Road.

2013 Coliform Notice

We routinely monitor monitor for drinking water contaminants.  During the month of November 2013, 2 of our routine samples showed the presence of total coliform bacteria.