Water

Mission


Our mission is to provide the Town with safe, potable drinking water through careful management and operation of the existing sources of water, and through ongoing maintenance and operation of the distribution system.


SPRING HYDRANT FLUSHING BEGINNING

MONDAY APRIL 4th


  • Spring Hydrant Flushing will start Monday April 4th, from 8 PM – 12 Midnight
  • It will be on Monday – Thursday Nights
  • It will start on Spring Bars Road and move through the Falmouth Heights Area towards the beaches
  • Water pressure and color issues may occur during and right after the flushing
  • Please run your water for a few minutes to be sure it clears before using
  • If you have any issues the following morning, please call 508-457-2543 and we will respond to address them
  • Thank you for your patience in advance


MANDATORY

 WATER RESTRICTIONS IN EFFECT BEGINNING MAY 1ST



On April 26th, 2021 the Board of Selectmen unanimously approved town wide water restrictions as outlined below:



  • Odd houses can water on Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday
  • Even houses can water on Wednesday, Friday, and Sunday
  • Sidewalks, patios, and driveways can only be watered by businesses for safety/health reasons
  • Pistol grip nozzles with auto shut off are required for all hoses used for washing cars and all hoses at dockside facilities
  • The daily watering of newly installed lawns and other plantings are exempt

For those with well water or well irrigation please post an inconspicuous sign that is visible from the street so a violation does not erroneously get reported to this office


Please note that repeat violations may result in water shut offs



COVID-19


The water department has taken precautions in the face of the COVID-19 threat to minimize the risk to staff and to optimize our resources to operate the system and to repair any leaks that occur during this period of social distancing and self quarantine.   With our state of the art treatment plant, utilizing both ozone and hypochlorite as a disinfectant, we destroy all virus and bacteria, including COVID-19 - the water is safe to drink.  We are continuing to sample the water system at multiple locations in accordance with our sampling program.  We ask that you do all requests and or communications with this department by phone, or email as our facilities are closed to the public at this time.  

Backflow Prevention - Public Notice (2/13/20)

 Homeowners need to be sure that if they have underground irrigation that there is an approved backflow device between the water supply and the irrigation system.  For more info contact our backflow coordinator Mr. Kyle Swanstrom at Kyle.Swanstrom@Falmouthma.gov .

Water Quality - Lead and Copper (7/12/19)


Every Spring and Fall the Water Department, as part of its corrosion control program, samples the tap water at selected homes for lead and copper.   sixty homes need to be sampled to have a large enough sample set to be statistically valid.   We are looking for homeowners that are willing to participate in the sampling program.  Your home must have been constructed prior to 1983 to be eligible.   Interested? Email(falmouthleadsampling@falmouthma.gov).   We will provide you with additional information and would want to conduct a visit to confirm that your piping has lead based solder.

Lead is not from the source water, but is present in the piping in older homes and may leach into the water if the water is stagnant for a long period of time.  For more detailed information open and read the documents on the right titled "Sampling for lead at your house's tap" and the 2017 public education brochure - lead". 

Water Supply -  (7/12/19)


Your water is supplied from several sources. To see a map click on the document link for Water Resource Areas on the right side of this page.  There is also a graphic "2019 Water Pumped by Source" that shows which sources supply water and how much on a month by month basis
  • Long Pond  is a protected surface water reservoir. It is our primary sources, and has been since 1898.  During the summer of 2019 it supplied over 80% of our daily water needs.
  • The Crooked Pond Water Plant treats water from both the Crooked Pond Well and the Coonamessett Well and provided 16.7% of the water in 2018.
  • Mares Pond Well provided  3.0% of our water in 2018.
  • From the Upper Cape Regional Water Co-op, we obtain water from wells located on the northern side of the Cape. In 2018 the Town obtained 10.8% of the total supply from this source.

Water Treatment (5/17/18)


All sources are disinfected with sodium hypochlorite and treated with sodium hydroxide to provide pH adjustment. The average pH of the water in the system is approximately 8.0.   Water  delivered to your residence through our transmission and storage system, comprised of 398 miles of water main, 4 water storage tanks and approximately 22,000 service connections.