Gloucester Water Ban Update

Posted by: tohanley on 09/04/2009 17:57:31
Updated by: tohanley on 09/04/2009 17:57:31
Expires: 01/01/2014 00:00:00
Water Update, September 4th, 6:00 p.m.


We have a sufficient quantity of water in Bond Hill storage and the water level is continuing to rise. People are encouraged to resume their outdoor water use as this will help draw chlorine into the water system.  If at any time the situation unexpectedly changes, the outdoor water ban could be reinstated. Although we expect to stop receiving water from our neighbors, we intend to leave the temporary lines in place should we need to resume.


We are waiting for Thursdays results. As we disconnect from receiving water from our neighbors, we may experience a slight increase in coliform hits as the water system readjusts itself.


Fire hydrant flushing will continue tonight starting at 9:00 pm.


The DEP continues to report that the system is responding positively to the actions we have taken to date.

A Microbiologist from the Office of Ecosystem Protection, EPA, toured the water sites yesterday.


We currently have 7 Chlorine Booster Pump Station in operation throughout the city. Some of theses sites will change to boost areas that have low chlorine residuals.

Please note that you may have increased chlorine smell from the water in some areas of the city.


Once the situation has stabilized, independent experts from outside the city with the full input and cooperation of the DEP, will gather the information and attempt to ascertain the root cause of the increased coliform in the water system.

We will also have an independent contractor, again from outside the city, perform an after action report to evaluate the response of the city as well as the independent contractors.


Please note, updates for this weekend will be published once a day in the early evening.

The Mayor will be holding an information meeting regarding the water situation on Tuesday, September 8th at 5:00 pm at the Rose Baker Senior Center. All are invited to attend.

Mayor Kirk’s latest interview with Rick Moore is available at The interview taped September 2nd with Cape Ann T.V. is now available on the city web site, and on Ch. 67 at 6:00, 10:00 and 2:00 am & pm.

The CODE RED system is being updated. If you know of any friends and neighbors who do not have access to the internet, please help them out and register them at the City of Gloucester web site,  (Click on CODE RED )


All of this weekend’s events are proceeding as planned.

In recognition of the efforts of our local merchants to remain open during this difficult event, please continue to support local businesses. All restaurants and coffee shops are open. Cape Pond Ice is producing ice in their off site facility and distributing it to local customers. Again, please support your local businesses.

The boil water order is still in effect while we attempt to resolve this matter.

For more information, please contact:

Public Information Officer

Deputy Chief Miles Schlichte

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