State urges action as water quality issues continue on Reed Road

By Christopher Shea

Despite a change in Dartmouth’s treatment system last year, the water main on Reed Road is still experiencing water quality issues — and the State Department of Environmental Protection is getting involved to bring the water supply up to standard.

The Water Department reported on Dec. 21 that it found high levels of haloacetic acids — a byproduct of chlorine disinfection, also called HAA5 — within the water main that stretches from Reed Road to the tank located on Old Fall River Road.

In their latest test, the department reported the average levels over the last 12 months to be at 64 parts per billion. The standard — a safety measure determined by the state — is 60 ppb.

All residents connected to the Reed Road system have been notified, according to Steve Sullivan, the Superintendent of Water and Sewer.

“The goal is to get it below 60 consistently,” he said. “That’s what we’re working on now.”

Sullivan noted that engineers are currently collaborating on how to solve the issue and that the state is requiring his department to provide reports and updates.

“During this planning period, the Department expects the Town to collect water quality data from its sources, including the purchased finished water from New Bedford, to further inform its decision-making,” a notice from MassDEP read.

“The state is requiring us to come up with something and we will,” Sullivan said.

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