Water Service Line Inspections to Begin for Some Dedham-Westwood Water District Customers


Thanks to Dedham-Westwood Water District for contributing this news to Westwood Minute.

Dedham, MA – Dedham-Westwood Water District is beginning the final phase of its Water Service Line Inventory Project, which will involve inspections in March 2024 of remaining water service line connections that have not yet been identified, following the utility's earlier requests for customers to provide information regarding the material in their water service lines.

Customers whose water service line remains unidentified will receive a series of mailed letters with instructions on scheduling an inspection with Raybern Consulting, working in association with Baystate Winnsupply. The two entities are working with Dedham-Westwood Water District in this final project phase. Customers who choose not to respond to the letters may receive an unscheduled inspection. The utility notes that both the Westwood and Dedham police departments are aware of this phase of the project.

To keep scheduling organized, Raybern will work in areas of approximately 1,200 customers or less at a time. It will take roughly nine weeks for an area to be completed.

“We’ve successfully inventoried 6,000 total water services, close to 50% of our total service line connections,” said Dedham-Westwood Water District Executive Director Blake Lukis. “Inspection appointments with Raybern will start in March and go through the summer, as we still have close to 7,500 more service lines to inspect.”

DWWD is undertaking its Water Service Line Inventory Project to comply with revised regulatory requirements from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection. The revised regulations are designed to better protect communities from exposure to lead in drinking water. They require public water suppliers to create a lead service line inventory and replacement schedule by October 2024.

Additionally, sampling protocols have changed, and there are increased sampling requirements for schools and daycare facilities which were previously not included in sampling programs.

Frequently asked questions and information about inspections can be found on the water district’s website.

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