* * * The Egremont Water Department 2015 Consumer Confidence Report
has been posted. There is a link below or you may also view the document here
. Copies of the report are also posted at Town Hall and in North and South Egremont.
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* * * Did you know that a dripping faucet can waste 20 gallons of water a day? A leaky toilet can waste 200 gallons a day. These leaks waste your water and your money.
Toilet Leaks are hard to detect. They are usually caused by a bad main valve, flapper valve seat, a bad flush valve, an improperly positioned float arm, or a defective overflow tube. Test your toilets by dropping a few drops of food coloring into the tank. DO NOT FLUSH! Wait for 15 to 20 minutes. If color appears in the bowl, then you have a leak and repairs need to be made.
Faucet Leaks are easy to find. If it drips, or worse, continues running after you shut it off, it needs to be fixed. If the dripping water is warm, it is costing you extra money! Water dripping or running from the shower head when the shower is turned firmly off, it is usually caused by bad washers or seats which need replacing. Also, check for leaks from the tub faucet when the shower is turned on. This leak will defeat the purpose of a low-flow shower head because the water you save with the low-flow device is lost from the tub faucet.
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* * * The Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (MassDEP) has announced 45 winners of the annual Public Water Systems Awards, which are given each year to celebrate National Drinking Water Week (May 1-7). The awards were presented May 3, 2016 during a ceremony held at Devens Community Center in Devens.
The Egremont Water Department was recognized for outstanding performance and achievement for energy conservation in 2015.
MassDEP Commissioner Martin Suuberg, who served as keynote speaker said, "We are fortunate, in Massachusetts to have 1734 public water systems that work to provide the safe and consistent supply of drinking water we all depend on when we open the tap each day. Whether large or small, there are many worthy drinking water systems, and yet, there are some whose consistency in operations and foresight in planning for the future, are deserving of special commendation."
MassDEP initially began issuing water systems awards in 1986 as a way to acknowledge the many dedicated professionals for their accomplishments in maintaining consistent and safe delivery of potable water to the residents of the Commonwealth.
National Drinking Water Week recognizes the importance of water source protection and conservation, as well as the value, importance, and fragility of the Commonwealth's water resources. MassDEP works with drinking water utilities to make sure that the water delivered to consumers meets all federal and state standards and is clean and abundant. These efforts are vital to the Massachusetts economy and to public health.
The tasks facing state drinking water programs and public water systems continue to be extremely challenging, especially in an era of scarce resources. The drinking water infrastructure in many cities and towns is aging and presents daunting resource demands. The nation continues to be challenged by new and emerging drinking water contaminants associated with an industrial society.
MassDEP is responsible for ensuring clean air and water, safe management and recycling of solid and hazardous wastes, timely cleanup of hazardous waste sites and spills and the preservation of wetlands and coastal resources
--- Useful Links and Information ---
2015 Water Quality Report:   Available here
Massachusetts DEP Home Page:   Massachusetts DEP Drinking Water
How safe is my drinking water?   Massachusetts DEP page
MA Drinking Water Testing Requirements:   Fact Sheet
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South Berkshire County Resources:   Resource List (13 Mb file)
How to Reduce, Reuse, Recycle
Brochure (Ready for Printing)
Composting Information:   Home Composting Guide
WSBS Radio 860AM:   WSBS Radio
Massachusetts 211 Official Information Site: Mass 211
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