Fall River, MA Water Quality Report

Where Your Drinking Water Comes From

Drinking water for the City of Fall River is drawn from the North Watuppa Pond. When needed, water is pumped from Copicut Reservoir to the watershed of the North Watuppa, from which it flows to the North Watuppa Pond. In addition, the City has other water resources available if needed. These include the South Watuppa Pond, Terry Brook Pond, Sawdy Pond, Stafford and Devol Ponds, and Lake Noquochoke. Thus, Fall River has an abundant water supply.


The Water Division owns and operates a drinking water treatment plant on the west shore of the North Watuppa Pond. Its maximum registered capacity is 26 million gallons per day. Treatment processes carried out there include disinfection by chlorination, removal of suspended solids by flocculation/sedimentation, and filtration by sand and anthracite coal. Additionally, carbon dioxide and sodium hydroxide are added to reduce pipe corrosion. Fluoride has been added since 1972 to prevent tooth decay. Due to lack of suitable product, addition of Fluoride ceased mid-September, 2018. Fluoride addition will resume as soon as the product becomes available. All treatment processes comply with Federal and State requirements. After treatment, the water is pumped to the City’s water distribution system of about 250 miles of water mains, 7 storage tanks, and more than 2,000 hydrants.

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