Taunton, MA Water Quality Report

Where Your Drinking Water Comes From

The drinking water supplied by our system comes from six surface water sources and two wells. The surface water sources are: Assawompset, Pocksha, Great Quittacas, Little Quittacas, Long (which are five hydrologically interconnected ponds collectively known as the Assawompset Pond Complex), and Elders Pond. All six reservoirs are located in parts of Freetown, Lakeville, Middleborough, and Rochester, Massachusetts. Raw water from these ponds is treated at the Charles J. Rocheleau Water Filtration Plant located in Lakeville. The treated water is then pumped to the distribution system, where it is either delivered to your home or business or sent to one of five storage facilities around the city.

Combined, the Prospect Hill Reservoir (22.5 million gallons), East Taunton Elevated Storage Tank (1 million gallons), the Westville Elevated Storage Tank (0.3 million gallons), the Oakland Elevated Storage Tank (0.75 million gallons), and the Myles Standish Industrial Park Elevated Storage Tank (1 million gallons) provide more than 25 million gallons of distribution storage. Our system has two interconnections to supply both the Village of North Dighton Water District and the Commonwealth of Massachusetts Bridgewater Correctional Complex with potable water. Our system also has potable water services in parts of Berkley, Lakeville, Middleboro, Norton, and Raynham.

Source Water Assessment and Protection Program

I n September 2002, the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (MADEP) completed a Source Water Assessment and Protection Program Report (SWAP) for the City of Taunton’s public water system. The Source Water Assessment and Protection Program, established under the federal Safe Drinking Water Act, requires every state to (1) inventory land uses within the recharge areas of all public water supply sources, (2) assess the susceptibility of drinking water sources to contamination from these land uses, and (3) publicize the results to provide support for improved protection. The Taunton Water System was assigned a susceptibility ranking of high based on the MADEP assessment of potential pollution sources in our watershed. These threats include a variety of land uses, such as cranberry bogs, horse farms, transportation corridors (local roads and highways), and septic systems/cesspools.

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