Where do we get your water?
The water provided by the West Boylston Water District
is derived from groundwater, rather than surface water
sources. None of the water provided by the District is
from the Wachusett Reservoir. Currently, the District
maintains three gravel packed wells and four storage
The quality of the water pumped and distributed by
the West Boylston Water District meets or surpasses
United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and
Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection
primary drinking water guidelines and regulation. The
EPA and the DEP require that drinking water be tested
regularly. A certified laboratory performs all tests
and the results are reported to the DEP. Tests for
bacterial contamination are performed monthly. Tests
for other contaminates are performed annually, or at a
frequency determined by the DEP.
The water is treated at each source with two
chemicals, prior to distribution:
- Potassium hydroxide: elevates the PH of the
water to help control corrosion.
- Sodium polyphosphate: used to sequester iron and
manganese to help reduce staining of fixtures.
Lee Street Well No. 4: (PWS ID #2321000-04G)
- Located off Lee Street
- Constructed in 1966
- Approximately 56 feet deep
- DEP approved pumping rate of 230 gallons per minute.
- Part of the Lee Street Wellfield. Wells No. 1, No. 2 and No. 3
have been abandoned due to poor water quality.
Oakdale Well: (PWS ID #2321000-01G)
- Located off Thomas Street
- Constructed in 1956
- Approximately 56 feet deep
- DEP approved pumping rate of 725 gallons per minute.
Pleasant Valley Well: (PWS ID #2321000-06G)
- Located off Temple Street
- Constructed in 1970
- Approximately 111 feet deep
- DEP approved pumping rate of 500 gallons per minute.
The District is served by four water storage facilities:
Lawrence Street Storage Facility No. 1
- Constructed in 1940
- Concrete, arched, underground reservoir approximately 72 feet by 89 feet
by 9 feet
- 430,000 gallon capacity with an overflow elevation of 794 feet
Lawrence Street Tank No. 2
- Constructed in 1978
- 90 foot diameter, 23 feet high, concrete tank
- 1,200,000 gallon capacity with an overflow elevation of 794 feet
- Constructed in 1958
- 50 foot diameter, 38 feet high, concrete tank
- 500,000 gallon capacity with an overflow elevation of 638 feet
Stockwell Road Tank
- Constructed in 1965
- 70 foot diameter, 38 feet high, concrete tank
- 1,000,000 gallon capacity with an overflow elevation of 638 feet
Protection of our Water Sources
The Water District has taken an active approach to
protecting its groundwater supply sources. Working
with the Department of Environmental Protection of the
Commonwealth of Massachusetts, the Water District has
obtained Zone II Delineations for all of our wells.
A Zone II Delineation determines the land area that
contributes ground water to a water source. The
DEP's Source Water Assessment and Protection (SWAP)
program produced a report that assessed the
susceptibility of our public water supply to potential
sources of contamination. Knowing where the
potential threats lie allows us to monitor the potential
problems closely. In addition, the SWAP report
recommended that the District propose amendments to the
Aquifer and Watershed Protection District Bylaw, adopted
by the Town of West Boylston in 1994. These
modifications include providing specific language within
the Bylaw prohibiting landfilling of wastewater and
septage residuals from Zone II and prohibiting expansion
of impervious surface on existing non-residential land
within Zone II such that the total impervious surfaces
are not greater than 10% of the lot size.