Monday, October 8, 2012
Beck Gerritsen updated shed used by Water Department, Norton Parks and Recreation.
When an Eagle Scout candidate sets out to complete a task, there is often more behind the driving force than a badge. Such is the case with 15-year-old Beck Gerritsen. He chose to renovate the water department shed, which is also used for the Norton Parks and Recreation Department fishing derby and skating party. “Beck chose this project because he wanted to do something for Norton that would make a difference to the community,” said his mother, Heidi Gerritsen. She also noted that Beck wanted to choose a project he could do well. The shed was vandalized and neglected, but Beck saw potential. With the help of 12 scouts and seven parents, Beck installed a door and lock, window covering, interior shelves and an exterior shelf. He repaired …
Friday, March 30, 2012
Release from Water Department.
- THE NEIGHBORHOOD FILES
Friday, March 30, 2012
The Water Department will begin their semi annual water main and hydrant flushing program April 1. Every spring and fall, the nearly 1,000 hydrants are flushed for approximately 10 to 12 weeks. Evening flushing hours are Sunday through Thursday between 8 p.m. and 3 a.m. Daily flushing may occur Monday through Friday between 7:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. if it is deemed necessary in certain areas. Flushing will start at the Easton town line and proceed westerly towards the Attleboro town line. Flushing involves the use of high velocity water to scour the inside surfaces of the water mains. This process allows the Water Department to flush out iron and manganese particles. However, it also creates discolored water. Discoloration varies from pale …
Thursday, December 8, 2011
Presentation of plans made to Board of Selectmen Wednesday night.
The Water and Sewer Commission is looking at filtration options for the Town of Norton to put a stop to brown water, including one with an initial price tag of $7 million. Residents have been voicing their concerns over “dirty brown water” making its way through their pipes, especially over the past few months. “It happens way too often, at least once a month at my house,” wrote Leo Venuti on a Facebook page called “Sick of Dirty Water in Norton Massachusetts.” “Not only disgustingly dirty, but they are killing us with outrageous water bills for this stuff...my water bill has doubled and yet I can't use the water...we have to buy bottled water for consumption,” wrote Cherrie Carine. “It is also destroying our water-using appliances and …
Thursday, December 1, 2011
Suspect may have vandalized town property.
The Police Department is looking to identify this suspect for vandalism to the water department facility last week. The truck in the picture is also his. Call 508-285-3300 if you have any information.
Friday, April 8, 2011
Water Department has been working since 8:30 p.m. last night repairing the main line.
Water Department officials said that residents in the Newland Street, Newcomb Street and K-Street area should have water within the hour. An old valve burst on the water main, causing residents to have to go without water overnight and through today. "We used to get breaks every week, but with the new main in town, it happens very rarely," said Water Department worker Jay Lemaire. The Water Department has finished fixing the break, but the system is still being pressurized. Once that is done, water will make its way into homes. If they turned it on full blast, it can burst the hydrants, Lemaire said. The Water Department started a 3 x 4 hole on Newland Street, which got bigger and bigger until they found the problem. Residents have been …
Friday, January 14, 2011
Eliminating elected board would be a good step.
There are serious problems in the Norton Water/Sewer Department, problems that can only be addressed through major changes in the structure of that dysfunctional organization. Forget blaming any individual water commissioners or employees for the moment, though there are certainly grounds for some of that. Instead, let’s focus on the way this organization is set up and what needs to be done to fix it. Currently the department is overseen by three elected commissioners who operate independently from the rest of the town. They employ a water superintendent who is given wide latitude to run things. The Water Department is run out of an enterprise account, supported by ratepayers and not property tax dollars. The Sewer Department is within …