City Hall 200 Common Street, Suite 204 Lawrence, MA 01840 Tel. (978) 620-3110 Fax. (978) 722-9170
The City of Lawrence and its on-call excavation contractor N. Granese & Sons will be conducting emergency sewer repairs at the intersection of Hampshire Street and Myrtle Street. This work is scheduled to start on Monday, November 9, 2015. Construction is anticipated to last approximately 3-4 weeks.
Click here to read a notice to area residents
As part of the City’s Illicit Discharge Detection and Elimination (IDDE) Program, drainage investigations and dye testing will be conducted over the next few weeks throughout the City. Field crews will be performing camera investigation and dye testing of storm drains to ensure proper connections to the storm drain system. During these investigations, City representatives may need access to a sink or toilet inside your property to perform a dye test to ensure your sanitary service is properly connected. During dye testing, the City representative will enter your building and flush a small amount of water containing a non-toxic, non-staining dye down the drain and monitor the storm drain pipes in the street. The dye testing should take no longer than 10 minutes.
Dye testing will be conducted by the City’s engineering consultant Woodard & Curran Monday through Friday between the hours of 7:00 AM and 4:00 PM unless otherwise scheduled with the owner. Field technicians will carry proper identification; do not allow anyone into your home without proper identification. If you are not home during dye testing, the field crew will leave a notice at your property with a telephone number for you to call and make an appointment.
Click here for a list of licensed contractors near Lawrence
As part of the City’s ongoing sewer system investigation program, sewer manhole inspections will be conducted over the next few months throughout the City. Field crews will be performing visual assessments of sewer manholes from the ground surface to evaluate the general condition of the manholes and identify defects for further analysis or repair. These inspections will require the temporary removal of manhole covers, and may require brief access to properties where manholes are located in easements. Field crews will primarily be working between the hours of 7:00 AM and 4:00 PM, during which time you may notice the following:
-Traffic impacts -Increased noise -Odors from work in the sewers
The City of Lawrence has resumed an aggressive sewer system investigation program this spring in order to evaluate the City’s buried infrastructure. Click here to learn more about this project.
Target Zones - Click on the below maps for more detail on the targeted investigation zones.
Since January 2014, introduction of new lead into a water service is prohibited, and thus, repairs cannot be properly made to existing lead services. Customers with lead pipes cannot participate in the water meter replacement program, and are subject to additional meter reading fees. For these reasons, customers with lead service pipes are encouraged to replace them with new copper pipes.
Letter to customers with lead (or other unsuitable) water services
Pamphlet outlining the Lead Water Service Abatement Program
Application for Installment Billing
In 2014, our very first solar panel array went live. At 300kW, this system was designed to offset about 15% of our electrical needs, saving the Department over $100,000 annually! Click here to see live solar statistics (allow for about 10-15 seconds between slides).
Last Summer, the New England Water Works Association (NEWWA) reached out to the Lawrence Water & Sewer Department to profile the Department's water system in its September 2014 issue of the Journal. The cover photo shows the Great Stone Dam, located on the Merrimack River, in the heart of the City of Lawrence. Completed in 1848, this dam was built in conjunction with a series of canals to harness the hydropower of the Merrimack and fuel the factories that defined the American landscape at the time of the Industrial Revolution. Drawing from the successes of nearby Lowell, MA, Lawrence originated as a “planned factory city,” growing into a major player in the textile manufacturing industry. Click here to read the entire article.
Woodard & Curran, a firm hired by the City of Lawrence, and its subcontractor, Flow Assessment Services, will be conducting smoke testing of the sanitary sewer in your area. The testing is necessary to ensure the proper performance of sewer collection facilities. Click here to learn more about this project. (Español)
The Lawrence Water & Sewer Department will be employing two methods of water main system rehabilitation: water main replacement, and cleaning and lining (C&L) . Click here to learn more about this project.