Wednesday, August 25, 2021

FM #590 - The Franklin (MA) DPW Water Series 07/15/21 - P3 of 3

FM #590 = This is the Franklin Matters radio show, number 590 in the series. 

This session of the radio show shares my conversation with Doug Martin, Franklin’s Water and Sewer Superintendent and Jake Standly, the Assistant Water/Sewer Superintendent. 

We had our conversation in the Franklin Public Radio studios on Hutchinson St. This is the third of three in the series exploring the status and operations of the Franklin’s Water Dept. 

Part 3 - approx. 28 minutes

  • Water treatment process flow on last page of “Consumer Confidence Report”  CCR

  • CCR only shows what was found when tested

  • Programed with multiple fail safes, if deviation occurs outside of range, it shuts down

  • Safe in that it is also closed, no internet access to system controls

  • All of the water system is managed by four guys; Licenses required, continuing education required annually, training provided/supported by Town

  • Water enterprise account, Usage based services, quarterly billing per usage

  • Capital projects funded from ratepayers

  • Work to prepare for water and sewer line replacements as part of rebuilding the roads

  • Retained balance of $1M as a practice for “in case”

  • Increase reliability of SCADA system by switching to fiber from radio wave

  • Good to know; the water sewer world of infrastructure is a thing for consideration - job security and regular challenges; the industry is facing 60% of the workforce retiring in the next 10 years

The show notes include links to the Franklin Water Dept. page and other references.

Let’s listen to this part of my conversation with Doug and Jake and learn all about Franklin’s water supply.

Audio file ->


Water Sewer Division -

Water Smart program ->

Consumer Confidence Reports -> archive   =

Consumer Confidence Report for 2020 us what we walked through during the conversation


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FM #590 - The Franklin (MA) DPW Water Series 07/15/21 P3 of 3
FM #590 - The Franklin (MA) DPW Water Series 07/15/21 P3 of 3

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