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This may be done in person at the Town House by the voter, or by mail. Registered voters (or a member of your immediate family) may complete an absentee ballot application or submit a written request, including the address at which the voter is registered to vote and the address where the ballot should be mailed. The deadline for receipt of applications is Noon on the day before an election. Completed absentee ballots must be received at the Town Clerk’s Office by 8 pm on Election Day. For further information or to download a form, visit the Secretary of the Massachusetts Commonwealth page.
To get started with the fastest Internet in Concord, residents and businesses can check availability and schedule a free, no-obligation consultation by completing this form: Online Broadband Application
CMLP is changing to monthly billing for two reasons:
Prior to receiving your first monthly bill, we will send you a new payment plan that has been recalculated to 12 monthly payments. This new Budget amount will appear on your first monthly invoice.
Your payment will still come out of your designated bank account, but on your monthly invoice due date.
No, you will continue to receive your bill on the 10th however it will be monthly now.
Those customers who receive their invoices in January, March, May, July, September, and November will receive their last bi-monthly bill in January 2018.
All customers will be switched in either December 2017 or January 2018. We will be sending out a postcard reminder to all customers.
Most residential and business customers are currently on monthly billing although we still have another 2,700 customer to change over.
Your water/sewer bill will be changed to monthly, but the date has not yet been determined.
Yes, CMLP offers several rebate programs:
To learn more about our rebate programs, please visit our Renewable Energy & Efficiency pages.
No, we don’t sell LED bulbs at CMLP. You can purchase them at hardware, home outlet stores, and other retailers.
CMLP customers are eligible to get free LEDs installed during a home energy audit. Read more information about our free home energy audit program,
For residential customers, we will credit your account up to $3 (or price of bulb if less than $3) for each LED bulb you purchase, up to 50 bulbs per home per year ($150 maximum per year), when you forward us a completed rebate form, sales receipt, and a proof of purchase for each bulb.
For business customers, we will credit up to $3 (or price of bulb if less than $3), up to 60 bulbs per business per year ($180 maximum per year).
Heat naturally moves from warmer places to cooler places. Heat pumps use electricity to move heat in the opposite direction, from cooler places to warmer places, making the cool space cooler and the warm space warmer. Your refrigerator is a heat pump, moving heat from inside the refrigerated cabinet (cooler place) into your kitchen (warmer place). An air conditioner is a heat pump, moving heat from inside your home (cooler place) to the outside summer air (warmer place).
Heat pumps are also used to heat homes, taking advantage of the fact that in the spring, fall, and yes, even in the winter, there is some heat in the outdoor air. An air-source heat pump collects heat from the outdoor air, concentrates it via an outdoor compressor, and distributes it inside through an indoor room unit or a home’s ductwork. During the summer, a heat pump can operate in reverse, as an air conditioner, by moving heat from indoors to the outside air. Heat pumps require electricity to run, but can deliver more energy than they use.
Air-source heat pumps have been used for many years in nearly all parts of the United States, but until recently they have not been used in areas that experienced extended periods of subfreezing temperatures. However, in recent years, air-source heat pump technology has advanced so that it now offers a legitimate space heating alternative in colder regions. Over 300,000 heat pumps were sold in New England, New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Delaware, Maryland, and Washington DC in 2015 alone.
The majority of people who install an air-source heat pump in their home do so to obtain an improved level of comfort. For example, they may wish to add air conditioning to a home, or to better heat or cool parts of their home that weren’t adequately heated or cooled before. And, popular ductless heat pumps installed throughout a home are zone-friendly – you heat or cool only the rooms you need to.
People who currently have conventional electric resistance or propane-fueled heating systems can save 50% - 70% on energy costs by heating with an air-source heat pump instead. At current fuel prices, oil heating households can save up to 30%. At current prices, natural gas-heating households won’t cut costs by using air source heat pumps.
Concordians also install heat pumps because the systems reduce carbon emissions due to heating by 30 – 70%. This is a result of the combined high efficiency of the heat pump technology and the relatively lower carbon content of electricity, compared to other heating fuels. Most households keep their existing heating system when they install heat pumps. On extremely cold days, the existing heating system supplements the heat provided by the heat pumps. The actual percentage of carbon reduction depends on the percentage of the home’s heating needs met by heat pumps, and the heating fuel being replaced.
Cold climate air-source heat pumps come in two varieties: ductless and ducted.
Ductless heat pumps, also known as mini-splits, have outdoor compressors and indoor wall, floor, or ceiling mounted units to distribute the warm or cool air. Because ductless heat pumps do not require the presence of air ducts, they can be installed in homes currently heated with a boiler or an electric baseboard heating system.
Outdoor and indoor components of a ductless ASHP system in Concord, MA
A central ducted heat pump can be installed in homes with air ducts. It looks and performs like a central air conditioning system, except that it can heat in winter as well as cool in summer.
Outdoor and indoor components of a ducted heat pump system in Carlisle, MA
Whether you choose ductless or ducted heat pumps depends on the characteristics of your home.
CMLP can put you in touch with Concord residents who have already installed heat pumps in their homes, and who would be happy to share information about their experience buying and using a heat pump. Contact Energy Specialist Pamela Cady at firstname.lastname@example.org or 978-318-3149 for referrals.
We suggest soliciting proposals from at least three heat pump installers. Before soliciting proposals, consider talking with Concord residents who have already installed heat pumps in their homes. CMLP’s Energy Specialist, Pamela Cady (email@example.com or 978-318-3149), can put you in touch with Concord residents who would be happy to share information about their experience buying and using a heat pump.
CMLP strongly suggests that you seek proposals from HVAC (Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning) contractors who can provide a letter or certificate from the manufacturer verifying that the installer has successfully completed at least 4 hours of manufacturer training within the last 5 years for the products they install. CMLP highly recommends that you request the installer submit this documentation to you with their proposal. The documentation will be required if you wish to apply for a CMLP rebate for your heat pump.
The following HVAC contractors have installed air conditioning and/or heat pump systems for Concord residents who have received energy efficiency rebates from CMLP in the past. CMLP does not have any knowledge of customer experiences with these vendors, and we do not endorse, nor have we pre-qualified these companies in any way. When requesting a proposal from a contractor, CMLP recommends asking for the documentation of the manufacturer training described in the paragraph above.
Consider asking potential installers the following questions:
Rebates are available to homeowners and renters for air-source heat pump installations in new or existing homes that meet the following eligibility requirements:
Rebate Type Eligibility
If the project meets the above eligibility requirements, system owners should next determine which rebate type they are eligible for based on the following table:
Income-Based Thresholds by Household Size
Annual Gross Income
Central or Multi-Head
$625 per system
(up to 3 systems***)
$625 per 12,000 BTU/hr****
(up to a maximum rebate of $2,500)
$800 per system
$800 per 12,000 BTU/hr****
(up to a maximum rebate of $3,200)
$1,500 per system
$1,500 per 12,000 BTU/hr****
(up to a maximum rebate of $6,000)
**To receive an income-based rebate, the customer must complete one of the accepted income verification methods. Please see the "How Do I Qualify for an Income-Based Rebate?" question below for more information about income-based rebates and income verification.
*** Residences may install more than three single-head ductless systems, though the rebate will only support the first three installed. Rebates for central or multi-head systems are limited to 48,000 BTU/hr of heating capacity (maximum heating capacity at 5°F). Residences may install systems with greater capacity, though the rebate will only support the first 48,000 BTU/hr of heating capacity installed.
****For the purposes of determining rebate levels for central or multi-head systems, CMLP uses the system’s maximum heating capacity (BTU/hr) at 5°F.
Step 1: Find an Installer
First select an ASHP installer, who can help you with your rebate application. CMLP recommends that residents:
Prior to deciding to move forward with a system, residents who may meet income criteria should determine if they are eligible for the Income-Based Rebate, as described under the "Who’s Eligible for a Rebate?" question above. For example, a household of four with annual income of $130,775 or less may qualify. If eligible, complete one of the three income verification methods described in "How do I qualify for a Income-Based Rebate" question below.
Step 2: Select Eligible Equipment
Step 3: Apply for a Rebate
Once you select an installer and are ready to move forward with the project:
Within 90 days of installation invoice date, residents, with assistance from their installer, should complete and email the following documents to Energy New England, CMLP’s rebate processor, at firstname.lastname@example.org or postal mail to Concord Rebates c/o Energy New England, 100 Foxborough Blvd #110, Foxboro, MA 02035.
The Town of Concord assumes no liability for any equipment, installation or damages, and may inspect equipment to verify the above information at any time up to 1 year after receiving the rebate application.
In the interest of increasing access to air-source heat pumps for all residents of Concord, CMLP offers additional incentives for households with income below eighty percent (80%) and one-hundred-twenty percent (120%) of the state median income. Eligibility thresholds are determined based on household size. Eligibility for the income-based rebate is based on the income of the System Owner’s household.
Eligibility is based on total household income (Tax Return Form 1040 line 22), as determined by the system owner and household members’ federal income tax filings for the most recent year available. For rental properties, if the tenant is contracting directly with the installer for the installation of the project, the tenant would be the system owner. Each system owner is only eligible to receive the income-based rebate at one residence.
Income-Based Rebate Adder Thresholds by Household Size
80% of State Median Income
120% of State Median Income
To receive the Income-Based Rebate, the system owner must complete one of the following three income verification methods:
You will be notified by email or postal mail once your eligibility for an income-based rebate has been determined. Include this proof of income verification with your application documents.
We hope to add a rebate for the installation of geothermal heat pumps soon. Please check back frequently.
Contact Pamela Cady, CMLP’s Energy Specialist, at email@example.com or 978-318-3149.
No. The Central Air Conditioning rebate program for air-conditioning-only systems will be discontinued on September 9, 2017 in favor of the new Air-Source Heat Pump rebate program. Since the additional cost of a heat pump over a cooling-only system is modest, CMLP encourages its customers to purchase versatile heat pumps rather than cooling-only systems. In addition to increased comfort (and cost savings for some customers), the use of heat pumps to heat as well as cool will reduce greenhouse gas emissions, helping Concord meet its goal of 25% fewer emissions by 2020 and 80% fewer emissions by 2050.
CMLP discontinued the Residential Central Air Conditioning / Heat Pump Rebate Program material on September 9, 2017. However, we will still accept applications under that program for any compliant cooling-only systems or heat pumps installed through the end of 2017, in order to accommodate sales activity or installations in progress when we discontinued the program on September 9, 2017.
The rebate application for any cooling-only system or heat pump installed before the end of 2017 under the old Residential Central Air Conditioning / Heat Pump Rebate Program must be received by CMLP within one year of the equipment purchase date in order to be eligible for a rebate. Email Pamela Cady at firstname.lastname@example.org for an application form.
The odd/even designation denotes left-side/right-side respectively from start of street. Further information can be obtained by contacting the Building Department at 978-318-3280.
Culinary Incubators are perfect during tougher economic times, as they allow businesses to cut back on hours of kitchen use, but still stay in businesses with reduced costs to meet reduced demand.
First, these facilities are not usually licensed, thereby they do not receive regular health department inspections, and may not meet the department’s specifications for commercial food production. Second, and equally important, is that these are non-profit organizations and therefore cannot legally rent out kitchen space for a for-profit business.
It is the Town's policy to replace mailboxes with standard aluminum boxes with wood posts. Please call the Engineering Division at 978-318-3210 if you have any questions about the type or placement of mailboxes.
Assessor- 24 Court Lane (978)318-3070
Beede Swim & Fitness Center- 498 Walden St. (978) 287-1000
Building & Inspections- 141 Keyes Road (978)318-3280
Council On Aging- 1276 Main Street (978)318-3020
Community Services- 105 Everett Street (978)318-3034
Finance- 22 Monument Sq (978)318-3090
Fire Department- 209 Walden Street (978)318-3488
Health Department- 141 Keyes Road (978)318-3275
Housing Development Corporation- 141 Keyes Road (978)318-3299
Human Resources- 22 Monument Sq (978)318-3025
Information Technology- 1175 Elm Street (978)318-3171
Library 129 Main Street- (978)318-3301
Light Plant 1175 Elm Street- (978)318-3101
Natural Resources- 141 Keyes Road (978)318-3285
Planning- 141 Keyes Road (978)318-3290
Police- 219 Walden Street (978) 318-3400
Public Works- 133 Keyes Road (978)318-3206
Recreation- 90 Stow Street (978)369-6460
Town Clerk- 22 Monument Sq (978)318-3080
Town Manager- 22 Monument Sq (978)318-3000
Treasurer/Collector- 22 Monument Sq (978)318-3050
Veteran Services- 105 Everett Street (978)318-3038
You may also contact the office directly at 978-318-3000.
Each of the Select Board meetings includes an agenda item entitled “Public Comments.” During this time, any resident of Town may come forward to discuss a concern or problem with the Board which they feel is important or may require their assistance.
Using the Helpdesk ticket form: available at http://tt.itguardian.com/machform/view.php?id=6 or by clicking on the green IT shield in the desktop tool bar--usually in the righthand corner of your desktop screen.
By email: email@example.com
By phone: x3333 from a Town of Concord phone, or 603-889-2210
Using the web ticket form is preferred, as it captures more information about you and your system and will get your ticket to the proper technical resource faster. Even if your pc is down, you can still use the ticket form from someone else's pc--there is a field to indicate when it is being entered on someone else's behalf.
When entering a ticket, please be sure to enter specifics about the issue, including items like your full name, the pc's name, the symptoms of the problem, when best to reach you, and what application (is relevant) is experiencing the issue.
Non-emergency response time is up to 8 hours. If you have not received a reply to your helpdesk ticket within 8 hours, please call the Helpdesk directly to inquire about the status of your ticket.
Laptops are stored at the Light Plant and will need to picked up and returned to the Light Plant.
Residents that do not subscribe to the curbside program can attend the event for a fee. 10-gallons or less typically cost about $35, 25-gallons or less will cost about $60. Bring identification and a check, as cash and credit cards are not accepted. If you have any questions please contact Concord Public Works at 978-318-3240. View more details on the Household Hazardous Waste Facility page.
Fluorescent bulbs: All fluorescent bulbs, straight, U, circular, and compact contain mercury may be recycled at Concord Public Works located at 133 Keyes Road, weekdays 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. In addition items may be recycled at West Concord 5 and 10, during store hours, Vanderhoof Hardware and at the Composting Site.
Button Batteries: Small button batteries used in watches, hearing aids, laser pointers, and more still contain small amounts of mercury and other heavy metals. These batteries may be recycled at the Concord Town House, Concord Free Library, Concord Public Works, Harvey Wheeler Community Center and West Concord 5 and 10.
Intact mercury-containing devices, such as thermostats and fever thermometers, may be recycled at Concord Public Works located at 133 Keyes Road, weekdays 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Mercury that is not contained in a manufactured device, such as mercury from a broken fever thermometer, a jar of elemental mercury, and more should be taken to the Minuteman Regional Household Hazardous Waste Facility. Contact Concord Public Works at 978-318-3240 for more information on hazardous waste disposal.
Styrofoam block that comes with new products, such as computers and small household appliances, can be recycled at the Drop-off Days sponsored by ReUsIt and Concord Public Works each spring and fall if it is clean and dry. For information and Drop-off dates call Concord Public Works at 978-318-3240. Clean Styrofoam cups, trays, and takeout clam shells will also be accepted on DropOff Days.
Materials that go in the mixed paper compartment include any kind of clean paper item: - Newspaper - Magazines - Catalogs - Junk mail - Envelopes - White and colored paper - Fax paper - Phone books - Paperback books - Spiral notebooks - Clasp envelopes - Manila folders - Shoe boxes - Cereal boxes - Poster board - Corrugated cardboard, and more.
Plastic windows, self-stick labels, and staples are accepted. Cardboard must be flattened and smaller than 36 inches by 36 inches in order to fit in the compartment. Household product containers include 4 types of containers: glass, metal, plastic, and aseptic cartons. All these containers may be mixed together in a single bin.
Glass containers include clear and colored bottles and jars with lids removed (you do not need to remove metal collars). Metal containers include deposit and non-deposit beverage cans, metal food cans, and metal jar and can lids. Plastic containers include any plastic bottle or jar except those used for motor oil or other chemicals. It also includes other plastic containers, such as plastic take out food containers (except those made from styrofoam). Aseptic cartons include paper milk and juice cartons as well as empty juice boxes that have had the straws removed. Please remember that all containers must be rinsed clean.
Please do not recycle the following items: - Plastic bags - Styrofoam (cups, trays, block, or packaging peanuts, even if marked #6) - Plastic containers for motor oil or other hazardous chemicals, or soiled paper (such as paper plates, cups, towels, napkins, tissue, or paper with paint or glue).
Pizza boxes can only be recycled when they have absolutely no grease or other food waste and are turned inside out so they look like a regular piece of cardboard.
Better than recycling bags, of course, is reusing bags or using reusable shopping bags. It is notoriously difficult, even for those with the best of intentions, to remember to bring reusable bags on a shopping trip. Here are some tips to help you remember: - Write on your shopping list "remember to bring bags." - Hang cloth bags on your kitchen door. - Hang your purse on the same hook where you hang cloth bags. - Use a cloth bag to hold deposit bottles and cans, that way you will have at least 1 cloth bag with you when you get to the store. - Tape a reminder on your dashboard. - Don’t get discouraged when you keep forgetting your bags. Keep trying.
Cardboard may be recycled at the Composting Site on Walden Street (just across Route 2) on Saturdays between 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., April through November, and in the dumpsters at the public parking area at the Public Works facility, 133 Keyes Road, which is open 24 hours a day. Please flatten boxes and remove all non-cardboard materials, such as styrofoam, wood, plastic, and other packaging. Please do not recycle pizza boxes and other types of paperboard at this location.
Latex paint is not a hazardous product, so the only latex paint the shed will accept is latex paint in good enough condition that you can imagine using it in your own home. If there is very little paint in the can, or the paint is dried out, throw the can away with your regular rubbish. If there is more than ¼ can but it is not in good condition, or if the paint has been frozen, you must dry it out, then dispose of it with your regular trash. To dry it out, add kitty litter or a latex paint hardener typically available at Concord Lumber, Vanderhoof Hardware or other paint suppliers, then dispose of the can with your regular trash.
Oil and alkyd-based paints and stains are hazardous products. If the can is empty you may throw it away with your regular trash. If the can is more than ¼ full, no matter what condition, bring the can to the paint shed for reuse, recycling, or proper disposal. Other paint products, such as primer and sealer, polyurethane, shellac, wood and deck preservatives, paint remover, unused paint thinner, and unused mineral spirits, are also accepted for reuse, recycling, or proper disposal at the paint shed. These items are flammable and should never be disposed of with your regular trash unless the can is empty or the materials are dried out. Paint thinner or mineral spirits that have been used to clean brushes should be taken to the Minuteman Hazardous Waste Facility for proper disposal.
The Paint Shed does not accept any other hazardous material. Other hazardous products, such as epoxy, floor finish, and more must be taken to the Minuteman Regional Household Hazardous Waste Facility in Lexington, which is open to Concord residents 1 Saturday per month April through November. For more information on disposing of hazardous materials call Concord Public Works at 978-318-3240.
Many charitable organizations will pick up furniture, household items, and clothing at your home if you have sufficient quantities. Look in the yellow pages or contact Concord Public Works at 978-318-3240 for a list of charitable organizations that pick up at homes.
Household items and clothing may be dropped off at the Goodwill trailer at Crosby ’s Supermarket daily between 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Clothing may also be dropped off at the Red Cross drop boxes located at Papa Razzi and the West Concord Train Depot and at the Salvation Army clothing drop box at the West Concord train depot. All items should be clean and in good, usable condition. Household Goods in Acton is the closest organization that accepts furniture. They also accept household goods. Call Household Goods in Action at 978-635-1710 or visit the Household Goods website.
If you cannot wait until 1 of the Drop-off Days, contact the manufacturer or retail outlet. Best Buy and Staples are the retailers that have electronics recycling programs. Many computer companies now have programs in place where computers can be shipped back for proper disposal. There are also electronics recycling companies that will accept electronics for a fee. Call Concord Public Works at 978-318-3240 for more information.
Subscribers to the program pay only for the trash that they discard. Residents save money and protect our environment by recycling and reducing their disposable trash. For further information about subscribing visit the Trash and Recycling page.
First, you want to check for leaks. The “usual suspects” for leaks are toilets and in-ground irrigation systems. If no leaks are detected, then you can do some sleuthing by using your water meter. Most water meters are located in basements near the wall closest to the street. They can also be in a utility closet, mechanical room or outside in a pit in the ground. In Concord, the meters measure water use in cubic feet (CF). One cubic foot equals 7.48 gallons. You can use your meter to track water usage throughout the day or week to determine when a lot of water is being used. Are evening baths the culprit? Daily loads of laundry? Or morning lawn watering? Still baffled? CPW offers free water use audits to residential customers. Call 978-318-3250 to schedule an audit.
Payments can also be made in person at the Town House, located in Monument Square. Any questions regarding your water and sewer bill can be directed to the Utility Billing Clerk at the Town House, who can be reached at 978-318-3062. We cannot accept payment at the Water and Sewer Division office.
Over time a layer of sediment will buildup in the tank and when high demand is placed on your hot water the sediment becomes stirred up. This situation can typically be remedied by turning down your hot water tank temperature if it is high and flushing out your tank twice a year. Manufacturers suggest doing this once year for general maintenance but twice a year (when you switch your clocks) will keep it nice and clean.
Most residential water service lines are small diameter, underground pipes that carry water from a large diameter water main in the street to your private residence. Concord Public Works is generally responsible for maintaining the section of your service between the water main and your private property. The homeowner is generally responsible for maintaining the section of the service within the private property.
If you know lead is present in your drinking water (from a water test), if you have pipes or plumbing fixtures that contain lead, or if you don’t know the material type, you can take steps to minimize potential lead exposure until all sources of lead have been removed.
Most faucets purchased prior to 1997 were constructed of brass or chrome-plated brass, which contain up to 8 percent lead (the main metals in brass are copper and zinc). Water sitting for several hours or overnight in a brass faucet can leach lead from the brass faucet interior which may produce high lead levels in the first draw of drinking water. Later regulations mandated that most faucets purchased after 1997 contain less lead than previously used thereby reducing the possible leaching of lead. However, the most recent legislation, called “Get the Lead Out,” mandates that after January 4, 2014, all faucets purchased will contain no more than a weighted average of 0.25 percent lead in relation to wetted surface.
Some faucet manufactures produce plastic faucets that have virtually zero lead. Other manufactures are substituting other metals for the lead in the brass, inserting copper tubes inside the brass faucets, or applying special coatings on the inside of the faucets in order to minimize or eliminate lead leaching. With the recent legislation, more and more faucet manufacturers are advertising faucets that adhere to the new “lead-free” definition allowing a maximum of 0.25 percent lead.
In extreme cases, older faucets can contribute up to one-third of the lead in water that has been sitting in the pipes for several hours, with the remainder coming from other plumbing such as pre-1988 lead solder joints in copper pipes or a lead service line. Residents who let the water run at the tap in the morning for one minute and use cold water for cooking should have little concern with respect to lead in the drinking water. If residents are still concerned, they can have their water tested.
Federal and State lead regulations do not cover any pipes, pipe fittings, plumbing fittings, or fixtures, that are used exclusively for nonpotable services like manufacturing, industrial processing, irrigation, outdoor watering (hoses), or other uses where the water is not anticipated to be used for human consumption. This includes toilets, bidets, urinals, fill valves, flushometer valves, tub fillers, shower valves, service saddles, or water distribution main gate valves that are two inches in diameter or larger.
Be sure that only valves and filters intended for drinking water supply are used in any home plumbing project.
Service line material information is based upon historical permit or service installation records, water main installation/replacement records, meter records, and/or misc. maintenance, repair and replacement work. If existing records are incomplete or unclear, a visible inspection of the water service entering your home can provide valuable information. As the effort to investigate this information can take appreciable time, Concord staff have already begun While much effort Division staff have begun If this information is inconclusive, it may be necessary to expose the service using conventional excavation/digging equipment.
Concord water is willing to share any information we have regarding this service. Yes, just give us a call at 978-318-3250. If you are leaving a message please make sure to leave your name, number and the location of interest so we can respond (and log the inquiry) accordingly.
Yes, just give us a call at 978-318-3250 and we will walk you through all the details on sample collection, trusted labs and available programs.
You can use any Massachusetts Certified Drinking Water Laboratory http://www.mass.gov/eea/agencies/massdep/water/drinking/certified-laboratories.html
We recommend you use a certified lab that processes water samples from both private (homeowners/commercial) and municipal customers as we have found some that take only private customers provide misleading information and upsell testing.
The composition of water service lines are generally related to the age of the service. Prior to the mid 1930’s, typical residential water service lines were made of lead or galvanized iron pipe. In the mid 1930’s the industry began changing over to using copper service lines. Beginning in the 1990’s, the industry began to use plastic or high density polyethylene.
Read Concord’s Water's most recent annual water quality report at www.concordma.gov.wqreport.pdf, which provides an general overview of drinking water quality in Concord, from the source to your tap.
Lead is not present in measurable quantities at the Town’s source of supplies. Lead that is detected is introduced into your tap water through corrosion of a lead service lines or building plumbing materials. In Concord prior to the 1930’s, lead was used for exterior plumbing connections and can be found in older buildings. If the service line at your property is made of lead, you are encouraged to replace it or take steps to reduce the risk from lead in drinking water.
The National Sanitation Foundation (NSF) advises that filters certified as NSF-053 effectively reduce lead in water. The NSF certification logo should be visible on the packaging. These filters can remove up to 99 per cent of the lead.
In response to recent regulatory changes, faucet manufacturers have decreased or eliminated the use of lead in residential kitchen faucets, bathroom faucets, bar faucets, drinking fountains, and icemakers. Since January 4, 2014, all faucets must be produced with no more than a weighted average of 0.25 percent lead with respect to the wetted surface. The national standard for certifying plumbing fixtures "lead free" status is determined by the National Sanitary Foundation (NSF) - the standard is International Standard 61-Section 9. New faucets meeting the NSF 61 standard will have NSF 61/9 stamped on the new faucet’s cardboard box. For more information on lead-free fixtures including catalogs and website directories, contact NSF at 1-800-NSF-MARK or www.nsf.org.
For treated drinking water, the U.S. Public Health Service and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommend between 0.7 and 1.2 parts fluoride per million parts of water. Concord water strives to achieve and maintain a fluoride concentration of 1.0 parts per million (ppm) in its municipal drinking water supply. For more information on the content of Concord water, please
A number of factors impact which sources are being run at any given time, such as time of year, system demand, pump station maintenance/upgrades, and source quality. Water from each individual source is treated to the same overall standards, so regardless of which well(s) may be running at any given time, the water is clean and safe for consumption. View a map on the
During this time, we ask all customers to be mindful of their outdoor water use needs and activities by adopting best management practices. These efforts, if successful, will help preserve our natural water resources and will extend the period of time before more serious restrictions may need to be imposed. Concord’s Advisory level corresponds generally to ‘Normal’ or ‘Advisory’ levels as defined within the Massachusetts Drought Management Plan.
New lawns and plantings which require watering beyond what is allowed under the current State of Water Conservation require a Water Use Restriction Variance. Water Use Restriction Variances are issued at the discretion of the Concord Public Works Director and can be obtained online at www.concordma.gov/watervariance . Water Use Restriction Variances will not be issued during a Lawn Watering Ban in order to encourage residents to plant new lawns in the spring when water is more plentiful. Water Smart Landscape Templates
Please record the address and street that the violation has occurred at as well as the time and type of violation for staff to follow up. email: firstname.lastname@example.org
For an example, check out our article on Page 4 of the 2017 Annual Water Quality Report which details the 2016 Demand Management & Drought Response. Annual Water Quality Report