Mill Street Residents Without Water on Thursday, Repairs Underway

water-spoutResidents along a section of Mill Street won’t have any water while a water main is repaired on Thursday morning.

There will be no water until the main is repaired for residents on Mill Street between Union and Cottage streets.

When service resumes, the Hamilton Water Departments asks water customer to turn on their outside spigot or run your cold water until the lines run clear if discoloration has occurred.

The Water Department apologizes for the inconvenience and is working diligently to restore service.


Third Phase of Water Improvement Project Starts Monday

drop-of-water-545377_1920.jpgThe third phase of improvements to the Hamilton water system will start next Monday, Aug. 14. The work is scheduled to last until late December with final paving scheduled for spring 2018.

One crew will start near Lincoln Avenue and Asbury Street and a second crew will start work on Union Street on Monday, Aug. 14 and will be there through mid-September.

In September, work will move to Western, Roosevelt and Central avenues and last through Oct. 11.

At the start of October, work will start on Moynihan Road and then move to Honeysuckle and Red Coach roads then to Madonna Drive and Anthony Road, with work in those areas lasting until late December.

Starting in November, work will also happen on Essex Street near Woodbury Street and on Chebacco Road.

Later, phase 3 work will also occur on Elliott, Home, Howard, Lois, Lorenzo, Pleasant and Willow streets, Cummings and Railroad avenues and Naples and Savoy roads.

A complete scheduled of the planned work, with a complete list of all the streets where work will occur and the scheduled dates, is available here.

The contractor for the water main replacement work will be Robert B. Our Co. Inc. Work hours will be 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. and work in front of any one property could take 1-2 days – at which time most of the road and/or driveway could be blocked during the day.

The entire schedule is subject to change and residents along the roads planned for water main construction will receive a construction notice at least one week before it starts with the projected work dates in the area of their property and the project length, said Hamilton DPW Director Tim Olson.

Residents near the project area are encouraged to move their vehicle out of the work area before work starts in the morning to make sure they have access to their car during the day.

At the end of each work day, the excavation will be backfilled or covered and there will be access at night.

The contractor has also reminded residents in the project area that excavation, construction noise and construction equipment will be in the street during construction hours.

Flow Test Tuesday Morning Could Cause Discolored Water

flow testA required annual flow test of the sprinkler system at Hamilton-Wenham Regional High School and Miles River Middle next week could cause discolored water for some Hamilton residents on the public water system.

The test will be conducted on Tuesday, Aug. 8 at 9 a.m. School officials hope to get out the word that the test may cause discolored water throughout Hamilton. If water is discolored, residents are asked to run cold water until the water is clear.

Bridge Project Causing Discolored Water for Some

water-droplet-715264_1920Some residents on the east side of Hamilton have reported discolored water after a water main was shut down as part of the construction project on the Miles River bridge.

The Hamilton Water Department has received several calls from residents on the east side of town reporting discolored water. It is recommended that anyone experiencing discolored water should flush an outside spigot until the water runs clear or let the system rest for several hours to allow sediment to settle and then run outside spigots to ensure the water is clear.

The Hamilton Water Department staff is assessing the situation to determine how to best respond, but the issues is related to repair work on the culvert under Bridge Street, which required shutting down a water main while construction was being completed.

“We apologize for the inconvenience, normal water service will return early next week,” said Town Manager Michael Lombardo. “Thank you for your patience.”

Water Main Break Causing Low Pressure, No Water Across Hamilton

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There is a water main break on Bridge Street that is causing low water pressure or no water across Hamilton on Saturday afternoon.

The low water pressure or no water will continue until the repairs are completed and the system is repressurized, according to the Hamilton Water Department.

Water department employees are working to make repairs and that means Bridge Street is closed to traffic between Miles River Road and Woodbury Street.

Mandatory Water Ban in Effect

Impact_Sprinkler_Mechanism_2A mandatory water ban is effective immediately in Hamilton, the Hamilton Water Department has declared.

The water ban was enacted after three consecutive days where the Ipswich River was below levels adequate to protect stream flow for aquatic life and ensure a sustainable drinking water supply.

It means that all outside mechanical water use is prohibited in Hamilton and hand-held watering is allowed only between the hours of 8 p.m. to 8 a.m. Residents are also required to limit all non-essential water use.

Trench Across Essex Street Could Cause Delays This Week

road work aheadThere will be a trench dug across Essex Street this week, so drivers can expect slight delays at times, according to the Department of Public Works.

The work is being done by a Hamilton Water Department crew in order to install water service for a new home, according to DPW Director Bill Redford.

The work is being done on Essex Street in Hamilton near the Essex town line, where a police detail will be in place when the work is being done. The work is expected to continue for a few days this week and traffic will likely be impacted at times during working hours from 7:30 am to 4 p.m., Redford said.