COVID-19 Update (3/16/2020)
The Pepperell Water and Wastewater departments are issuing this notice to address concerns our customers may have surrounding the coronavirus and impacts it may have on your drinking water and other effects it may have on your daily life. The information, which addresses some FAQ’s is provided by the Center for Disease Control.
Water Transmission and COVID-19
Drinking Water, Recreational Water and Wastewater: What You Need to Know
Can the COVID-19 virus spread through drinking water?
The COVID-19 virus has not been detected in drinking water. Conventional water treatment methods that use filtration and disinfection, such as those in most municipal drinking water systems, should remove or inactivate the virus that causes COVID-19.
Is the COVID-19 virus found in feces?
The virus that causes COVID-19 has been detected in the feces of some patients diagnosed with COVID-19. The amount of virus released from the body (shed) in stool, how long the virus is shed, and whether the virus in stool is infectious are not known.
The risk of transmission of COVID-19 from the feces of an infected person is also unknown. However, the risk is expected to be low based on data from previous outbreaks of related coronaviruses, such as severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) and Middle East respiratory syndrome (MERS). There have been no reports of fecal-oral transmission of COVID-19 to date.
Can the COVID-19 virus spread through pools and hot tubs?
There is no evidence that COVID-19 can be spread to humans through the use of pools and hot tubs. Proper operation, maintenance, and disinfection (e.g., with chlorine and bromine) of pools and hot tubs should remove or inactivate the virus that causes COVID-19.
Can the COVID-19 virus spread through sewerage systems?
CDC is reviewing all data on COVID-19 transmission as information becomes available. At this time, the risk of transmission of the virus that causes COVID-19 through sewerage systems is thought to be low. Although transmission of COVID-19 through sewage may be possible, there is no evidence to date that this has occurred. This guidance will be updated as necessary as new evidence is assessed.
SARS, a similar coronavirus, has been detected in untreated sewage for up to 2 to 14 days. In the 2003 SARS outbreak, there was documented transmission associated with sewage aerosols. Data suggest that standard municipal wastewater system chlorination practices may be sufficient to inactivate coronaviruses, as long as utilities monitor free available chlorine during treatment to ensure it has not been depleted.
Wastewater and sewage workers should use standard practices, practice basic hygiene precautions, and wear personal protective equipment (PPE) as prescribed for current work tasks.
Should wastewater workers take extra precautions to protect themselves from the COVID-19 virus?
Wastewater treatment plant operations should ensure workers follow routine practices to prevent exposure to wastewater. These include using engineering and administrative controls, safe work practices, and PPE normally required for work tasks when handling untreated wastewater. No additional COVID-19–specific protections are recommended for employees involved in wastewater management operations, including those at wastewater treatment facilities.
Additional information can be found by visiting the Center for Disease Control at:
WE HAVED MOVED!
As of December 2, 2019 the Water Division Office has relocated to:
47 Nashua Rd.
Pepperell, MA 01463
*NEW* Telephone # as of 12/2/19: (978)433-0359
Please continue to mail payments to Town of Pepperell DPW, P.O. Box 319, Pepperell, MA 01463
New Water Connection Fees Adopted
On August 22, 2019, the Pepperell Board of Public Works adopted new fees for connections to the municipal water system. These fees can be found here. These new connection fees supersede the connection fees as shown in Appendix A of the “Rules and Regulations of the Pepperell DPW – Water Division (effective August 01, 2016)”
Notice to Water and Sewer Customers - Effective August 2015
In an effort to more efficiently process payments, we have changed our remit to address for all Water & Sewer payments. Please include your account number on all payments and mail to:
Town of Pepperell - DPW
P.O. Box 319
Pepperell, MA 01463
Payments may still be made in person at Town Hall Monday through Thursday.
MANDATORY ODD/EVEN WATER BAN
In compliance with the Town of Pepperell Water Rules and Regulations (pg. 12/no. 36); Effective May 1st through October 31st, outdoor watering of any kind is restricted to even numbered days of the month for homes with even address and odd numbered days for homes with an odd numbered address.
This MANDATORY ODD/EVEN BAN is strongly encouraged by MassDEP, and should be effective enough so as to make a full mandatory outside water ban unnecessary except under extreme circumstances. All water customers are strongly encouraged to comply with this odd/even ban to help avoid more extreme measures of water conservation. Should conditions require, this conservation measure will be upgraded to a full outside water ban as declared by the Board of Public Works. Violations of the full ban may result in fines at that time.
Protecting Our Drinking Water
The Pepperell Water Division recently posted Drinking Water Protection Signs in the neighborhoods that abut the town's water supplies. These signs are part of our Consumer Outreach Program to alert residents within or near our Aquifer Protection Districts that our Groundwater is vulnerable to contaminants.
To maintain a safe water supply, we all need to do our part in protecting it. What we do with or on our land directly affects the quality of our drinking water. There are a number of ways in which all of us can help reduce the possibility of contamination of our water supply.