March 9, 2016
Notice to Barre Water Department Customers:
The Town of Barre Water Department has recently been contacted, by some consumers, regarding the quality of their water. Our Department is committed to providing you with accurate information, therefore we felt it best to reach out to our customers at this time.
First and foremost, your drinking water is safe. The Water Department conducts routine sampling and testing and the results are provided and submitted to MassDEP by an independent laboratory. Small amounts of mineral, primarily iron, have been found in the water system supplied by Well #1- However, lab results are well below the Massachusetts Drinking Water Standards.
Although, our water tests have come back “clean,” we felt we should be proactive in making sure that we continue to provide quality drinking water. Therefore, we conducted a cleaning of Well # 1 and also scheduled a cleaning of all Water Storage Tanks- which will be conducted in the next month or so. Please note that each time a complaint was received, the Water Department investigated and/or flushed the area(s) in question. Most of the “discolored” water complaints we received, upon investigation by the Water Department, were actually due to the collection of sediment in customers Hot Water Tanks. In these cases, the discoloration was mainly present in the hot water. If you are encountering this problem, we suggest scheduling routine maintenance of your hot water tank.