Water & Sewer division
The Water Division is responsible for the operation and maintenance of the Town's drinking water supply and distribution system that consists of the James P. Moran Water Treatment Facility and three wells, the Edward M. Sullivan Water Treatment Facility and four wells, 128 miles of water main pipe, five storage tanks, 1100 fire hydrants, 7300 service connections delivering drinking water to our customers .
Some of the tasks that we complete on a regular basis include: water main flushing, hydrant replacement, valve exercising, meter reading, meter inspection and repair, storage tank inspection, water leak repair, water quality testing and evaluation, documenting and reporting test results and system operations to regulatory agencies.
Where Does My Water Come 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.
Canton Water Sewer Division makes every effort to provide safe and pure drinking water. To improve the quality of the water delivered: we aerate and filter the water to remove volatile organic contaminants, we use chloramination as a disinfectant to protect against microbial contaminants, we adjust ph to reduce lead and copper levels, we add coagulant and filter to reduce iron and manganese levels, add fluoride to aid dental health and hygiene. All components of the water treatment process are monitored by State certified operators through a computerized Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition System (SCADA).