The DPW has been getting numerous discolored water complaints from residences on Western Avenue, Hesperus Avenue, and Ocean Highlands. The discoloration has been brown and yellow water associated with iron from unlined cast iron water main. Iron in the water poses now public health threat; however, it is aesthetically unpleasing and can stain clothes. DPW crews have been flushing mains to clear up the water and have fixed a leak at Castel Hill Road/Hesperus Avenue and replaced a fire hydrant on Ocean Highlands.
Yesterday the DPW employed a leak detection specialist who found three water leaks on service lines to residence on Ocean Highlands and DPW crews have started working on those leaks. No other leaks on Hesperus or Western Avenue were found.
The DPW is investigating the water main piping near Ravenswood entrance and hopes that leads to clearing up of the discolored water at that area of Western Avenue.
If you have any questions please contact Karen or me.
Lawrence A. Durkin, P.E. – Environmental Engineer
City of Gloucester – Department of Public Works
Office of Water Compliance
50 Essex Avenue, Gloucester, MA 01930
Phone 978-281-9792, Fax 978-281-9724