Water & Sewer Division

Responsibilities

The Water Division is responsible for the operation and maintenance of the Town's drinking water supply and distribution system that consists of:

  • 5 storage tanks
  • 128 miles of water main pipe
  • 1,100 fire hydrants
  • 7,300 service connections delivering drinking water to our customers
  • The Edward M. Sullivan Water Treatment Facility and four wells
  • The James P. Moran Water Treatment Facility and three wells

Tasks

Some of the tasks that we complete on a regular basis include: 

  • Documenting and Reporting Test Results
  • Hydrant Replacement
  • Meter Inspection and Repair
  • Meter Reading
  • Storage Tank Inspection
  • System Operations to Regulatory Agencies
  • Valve Exercising
  • Water Leak Repair
  • Water Main Flushing
  • Water Quality Testing and Evaluation

Where Your Water Comes From

Canton draws its drinking water from two sources, our own local ground water wells and the Massachusetts Water Resources Authority (MWRA). The MA Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) limits the amount of water the Town can use to 2.67 millions gallons per day. We use MWRA when there is a high demand for water as in the summer and /or firefighting situations.

Water Treatment

Canton Water Sewer Division makes every effort to provide safe and pure drinking water. To improve the quality of the water delivered: 

  • Add fluoride to aid dental health and hygiene
  • We add coagulant and filter to reduce iron and manganese levels
  • We adjust ph to reduce lead and copper levels
  • We aerate and filter the water to remove volatile organic contaminants
  • We use chloramination as a disinfectant to protect against microbial contaminants

All components of the water treatment process are monitored by State certified operators through a computerized Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition System (SCADA).

Cross Connection Control Program Information

SWAP Report

Public Works Water Regulations