Thomas Cusick, Superintendent
183 Main St
Groveland, MA 01834
For Immediate Release
Wednesday, March 28, 2018
Contact: John Guilfoil
Groveland Residents Advised to Run Water to Remove Brown Coloration
GROVELAND — Superintendent Thomas Cusick reports that Groveland Water and Sewer customers may observe a brown coloration to their water, which can be alleviated by running faucets until the water appears clear.
The discoloration was caused by a recent fire department training exercise, which required firefighters to draw water from a hydrant for an extended period of time. As a result, naturally occurring iron and manganese deposits were stirred up.
Those deposits are normally cleared from the system by the department’s bi-annual flushing.
The spring flushing is scheduled to be completed early next month and will remove iron and manganese buildups that develop in underground pipes as a result of lower system-wide usage during the winter months.
To address residents’ concerns, representatives from the water department will be available to answer questions during the Board of Selectmen meeting on Monday, April 2 at approximately 7:15 p.m.
“We understand the concern customers may have when seeing darker colored water, but we want residents and business owners to rest assured that the water is safe,” Superintendent Cusick said. “The discoloration is an anomaly that can be corrected simply by running water until it looks clear. However, we apologize for any inconvenience this may cause customers.”
Residents who are experiencing brown water in their hot water may want to flush their holding tank. Anyone with questions is encouraged to call the water department at (978) 372-4144 or email Cusick at Tcusick@grovelandma.com.