Showing posts with label drinking water. Show all posts
Showing posts with label drinking water. Show all posts

Tuesday, May 3, 2022

Drinking Water Week - get info on the Town of Franklin Water Dept

Whether it’s to cool off after a workout or clean fruits and veggies for a snack, your drinking water is there when you need it. And the Franklin Water Department is working hard around the clock to make that happen.  
For this year's Drinking Water Week, visit the Franklin Water Departments website for helpful information on the water system - https://www.franklinma.gov/water-sewer-division
Drinking Water Week - get info on the Town of Franklin Water Dept
Drinking Water Week - get info on the Town of Franklin Water Dept

Sunday, September 5, 2021

"united in their commitment to preserve and protect the natural water resources"

 

The MassDEP’s proposed changes to the Water Resources Management Program regulations (310 CMR 36.00) are promulgated under the Water Management Act (M.G.L. Ch. 21G), which regulates water withdrawals through registrations and permits to ensure an appropriate balance among competing water needs and the preservation of natural resources.

The proposed regulatory changes would add a new condition to registrations that would restrict nonessential outdoor water use during times of drought declared by the secretary of Energy and Environmental Affairs. Nonessential outdoor water use includes lawn watering, filling swimming pools, washing cars by means of a hose, and washing down buildings, parking lots, driveways and sidewalks.

Continue reading the article online

Direct link to the MassDEP proposed changes

The permit process was part of the three part podcast series with the Franklin Water Dept. You can find and listen to all three episodes here: 

 

three part podcast series with the Franklin Water Dept
three part podcast series with the Franklin Water Dept

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 -> https://player.captivate.fm/episode/3e921c80-30d7-4f9b-bd36-a8becc68be90



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Water Sewer Division - https://www.franklinma.gov/water-sewer-division

Water Smart program ->  https://www.franklinma.gov/water-sewer-division/pages/welcome-watersmart-program


Consumer Confidence Reports -> archive   = https://www.franklinma.gov/water-sewer-division/pages/consumer-confidence-reports


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

https://www.franklinma.gov/sites/g/files/vyhlif6896/f/pages/franklin_ma_ccr_2020_web_final.pdf


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We are now producing this in collaboration with Franklin.TV and Franklin Public Radio (wfpr.fm). 


This podcast is my public service effort for Franklin but we can't do it alone. We can always use your help.

 

How can you help?

  • If you can use the information that you find here, please tell your friends and neighbors

  • If you don't like something here, please let me know


Through this feedback loop we can continue to make improvements. I thank you for listening.

 

For additional information, please visit Franklinmatters.org/  or www.franklin.news 


If you have questions or comments you can reach me directly at shersteve @ gmail dot com


The music for the intro and exit was provided by Michael Clark and the group "East of Shirley". The piece is titled "Ernesto, manana"  c. Michael Clark & Tintype Tunes, 2008 and used with their permission.


I hope you enjoy!

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You can also subscribe and listen to Franklin Matters audio on iTunes or your favorite podcast app; search in "podcasts" for "Franklin Matters"

 

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

Tuesday, August 24, 2021

FM #589 - The Franklin (MA) DPW Water Series 07/15/21 - P2 of 3

FM #589 = This is the Franklin Matters radio show, number 589 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 second of three in the series exploring the status and operations of the Franklin’s Water Dept. 


Part 2 - approx. 38 minutes

  • Permit process 20 years, midway through this one

  • Overall water usage per capita for Franklin is among the best in the state (~45-49gpp vs ~65gpp)

  • Unaccounted for water and meter standards, Franklin is a model community for this

  • Infiltration annual testing uses a “stethoscope for the road”

  • Town owns from the water main to the curb stop (water service shut off from street); Town also owns the meter

  • Meter read via radio today, may eventually get to an automatic send to a data collector; used to take 2 guys a month to read, now it takes one only a week to read the meters

  • WaterSmart system data based upon readings monthly; billing readings are monthly

  • Rebates available for high efficiency water use appliances

  • Annual Water report - highlights by section

  • Reference to working without the incredible asset of Dave Allard, now retired; 4 hours of a brain dump didn’t catch it all but he still answers the phone when they call

  • Key items explained, testing process, negligible results are shown for 20 or so items, another 100+ are tested with no findings, PFAS testing added per state DEP regs

  • Difference between water testing done by Town vs. Water bottles available in retail (FDA vs. DEP/EPA regulations)

  • Thanks to the 61 residents for participating in the lead and copper special testing required (lead goose necks)

  • WaterSmart website, Individual usage can be monitored, Leak detection service


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 -> https://player.captivate.fm/episode/a148dcea-1db5-49f2-b11c-e302009de27f



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Water Sewer Division - https://www.franklinma.gov/water-sewer-division

Water Smart program ->  https://www.franklinma.gov/water-sewer-division/pages/welcome-watersmart-program


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

https://www.franklinma.gov/sites/g/files/vyhlif6896/f/pages/franklin_ma_ccr_2020_web_final.pdf


Consumer Confidence Reports -> archive   = https://www.franklinma.gov/water-sewer-division/pages/consumer-confidence-reports


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We are now producing this in collaboration with Franklin.TV and Franklin Public Radio (wfpr.fm). 


This podcast is my public service effort for Franklin but we can't do it alone. We can always use your help.

 

How can you help?

  • If you can use the information that you find here, please tell your friends and neighbors

  • If you don't like something here, please let me know


Through this feedback loop we can continue to make improvements. I thank you for listening.

 

For additional information, please visit Franklinmatters.org/  or www.franklin.news 


If you have questions or comments you can reach me directly at shersteve @ gmail dot com


The music for the intro and exit was provided by Michael Clark and the group "East of Shirley". The piece is titled "Ernesto, manana"  c. Michael Clark & Tintype Tunes, 2008 and used with their permission.


I hope you enjoy!

------------------


You can also subscribe and listen to Franklin Matters audio on iTunes or your favorite podcast app; search in "podcasts" for "Franklin Matters"

 

FM #589 The Franklin (MA) DPW Water Series 07/15/21 - P2 of 3
FM #589 The Franklin (MA) DPW Water Series 07/15/21 - P2 of 3

Monday, August 23, 2021

FM #588 - The Franklin (MA) DPW Water Series 07/15/21 - P1 of 3

FM #588 = This is the Franklin Matters radio show, number 588 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 one of three in a series exploring the status and operations of the Franklin’s Water Dept. 


Part 1 - approx. 30 minutes

  • A brief on Doug and Jake’s Franklin ‘story’

  • New treatment plant, now operational, treating Wells 3 and 6; Well 6 is really a well field (of six separate wells)

  • Difference between registration and permitted amount to draw

  • Overall well status and supply (well summary on water report)

  • Water conservation measures are a ‘forever’ thing right? (per the permit from DEP)

  • Town wells draw from 40-50 feet where most private wells can draw from a 300-500 foot depth; if you have a private well, please put out a sign if you use it for irrigation

  • Finances on water rate and sewer rate calculations, aside from private wells and septic systems, it is usage based billing

  • Fire Dept working very closely with them on hydrant maintenance and water pressure opportunity areas to work towards an increase in the ISO certification for the Fire department; hydrant signage being added to help especially when out communities respond to help

  • E-coli hit on well 2A, notification only discussed; test result was from the ‘raw’ side of the water, not the ‘treated side’ of the supply; “the ground is just a big old filter, and when you get 6-8 inches of rain the ground just can't handle it”

  • The process worked, the testing and system ensures good water is being delivered all the time

  • PFAS testing currently State funded; testing at parts per trillion, not million as with most other; PFAS is pervasive; Testers can’t use Teflon pans or Tupperware before taking test sample (to avoid contamination of the sample)



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 -> https://player.captivate.fm/episode/a7deabf6-08b9-41d8-820c-8bee1aa437db



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Water Sewer Division - https://www.franklinma.gov/water-sewer-division

Water Smart program ->  https://www.franklinma.gov/water-sewer-division/pages/welcome-watersmart-program


Consumer Confidence Reports -> archive   = https://www.franklinma.gov/water-sewer-division/pages/consumer-confidence-reports


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

https://www.franklinma.gov/sites/g/files/vyhlif6896/f/pages/franklin_ma_ccr_2020_web_final.pdf



-----------


We are now producing this in collaboration with Franklin.TV and Franklin Public Radio (wfpr.fm). 


This podcast is my public service effort for Franklin but we can't do it alone. We can always use your help.

 

How can you help?

  • If you can use the information that you find here, please tell your friends and neighbors

  • If you don't like something here, please let me know


Through this feedback loop we can continue to make improvements. I thank you for listening.

 

For additional information, please visit Franklinmatters.org/  or www.franklin.news 


If you have questions or comments you can reach me directly at shersteve @ gmail dot com


The music for the intro and exit was provided by Michael Clark and the group "East of Shirley". The piece is titled "Ernesto, manana"  c. Michael Clark & Tintype Tunes, 2008 and used with their permission.


I hope you enjoy!

------------------


You can also subscribe and listen to Franklin Matters audio on iTunes or your favorite podcast app; search in "podcasts" for "Franklin Matters"

 

FM #588 The Franklin (MA) DPW Water Series 07/15/21 - P1 of 3
FM #588 The Franklin (MA) DPW Water Series 07/15/21 - P1 of 3

Tuesday, July 20, 2021

A Message from the Franklin Fire Department - PFAS & Foam

A Message from the Franklin Fire Department - PFAS & Foam

July 19, 2021

To: Franklin Residents
From: Chief McLaughlin, Franklin Fire Department

Re: PFAS and Foam

Recently, the Franklin DPW published the 2020 Drinking Water Report, in which the topic of per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) was explained. As stated, one of the possible sources of groundwater contamination may come from the use of “legacy” firefighting foams, which routinely contained 2% - 5% PFAS by volume; specifically, Class B AFFF, which is used to extinguish burning hydrocarbons or flammable liquids.

As your fire department, we just wanted to make you aware that this topic has not been ignored by the Franklin Fire Department, the Massachusetts Department of Fire Services (DFS), or the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (MassDEP). In 2018, in consultation with the Massachusetts Department of Fire Services, MassDEP chose to implement a foam “take-back” program to assist fire departments in removing these foams from current stockpiles and ensuring they are properly disposed of, rather than used during trainings or firefighting and subsequently released into the environment.

MassDEP’s program targeted foams manufactured before 2003, as manufacturers stopped production of suspect foams in 2002. Recognizing the challenges proper disposal would present to the budgets of most municipalities, MassDEP decided to fund the disposal of these legacy foams through its Massachusetts Chapter 21E / Bureau of Waste Site Cleanup (BWSC) capital funding, consistent with programmatic goals of “pollution prevention” and elimination of “threats of release” of hazardous materials. Under the “take-back program,” MassDEP offered to pay for foam removal and disposal; the local fire departments were responsible for replacing the foam with safer foam alternatives. As part of this take-back program, Franklin Fire was able to dispose of approximately fifty (50) gallons of outdated foam, at no expense to the townspeople.

As the take-back program progressed, many fire departments requested confirmation that current Class B AFFF foam was safe. While these foams often contain some amount of PFAS, it is at lower levels than legacy foam and includes PFAS that are more stable (so-called “short chain”) and expected to have less of an impact on the environment. New “Fluorine Free Foam,” aka “F3” foam, is just now entering the main-stream market. Currently, the majority of Franklin Fire apparatus, that carry foam, carry these newer F3 foams.

Shared from the Town of Franklin  page

The Consumer Confidence Report (CCR) referenced in the letter above

A Message from the Franklin Fire Department - PFAS & Foam
A Message from the Franklin Fire Department - PFAS & Foam


Thursday, July 15, 2021

Franklin Residents: Attention Water Customers

Attention Water Customers

Attention Water Customers - Please see the public notice below.  This is NOT a boil water notice.  
During routine sampling, the sample from our Well 2A Raw (UNTREATED) water contained e.coli.  The treated (disinfected) water from Well 2A and all other samples collected through the distribution system did not have E. Coli.  
The well has been offline since we heard of the sample result and will be resampled and evaluated before being brought back online. 
This is not an emergency, you do NOT need to boil your water or take other corrective actions at this time, but we are required to notify you. Please see the notice below for more information.  

Franklin Residents: Attention Water Customers
Franklin Residents: Attention Water Customers



Tuesday, May 25, 2021

PFAS: "State environmental officials say they’re constantly reevaluating their standards"

"In Wayland, local officials had been distributing cases of bottled water to 1,400 households a week — nearly a third of the suburb’s residents — and may have to seek a new water source that could cost more than twice the town’s annual budget.

Facing similar contamination in their drinking water, Natick officials plan to spend millions of dollars on a high-tech filtration system. In Wellesley, after shutting down the primary well that provided water to half their residents, officials are contemplating strict water-use limits for the first time.

“We’re definitely concerned,” said David Cohen, Wellesley’s public works director. “We’ll take all the steps we need to to address this.”

Continue reading the article online  (subscription may be required)
https://www.bostonglobe.com/2021/05/23/science/more-communities-are-finding-toxic-chemicals-their-drinking-water/

So what are Franklin's test results per the MA Energy & Environmental Affairs Data Portal? 
 
I selected "Franklin Water Department"  and "Town of Franklin" and Contaminant Group of "PFAS" with the reporting period of Jan 1, 2020 through Apr 30, 2021 to get the results in this link


 
It is good to see test results for our water system (no surprise). I won't characterize the specific results as good or bad. I'll let the Town report on the details.
 
what are Franklin's test results
what are Franklin's test results