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We are in the process of reviewing the Town’s records in our Lead Service Line Identification efforts. If you have not received notification from us, then you are either not impacted or we have not come across your property at this stage in our review.
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Yes, your water is safe to drink. As part of our commitment to ensuring the highest water quality standards, we are proactively replacing lead water service lines to further enhance your safety.
In accordance with regulations and guidelines set forth by the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (MassDEP) and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), regular testing and monitoring of water quality are conducted to ensure compliance with safety standards. Lexington's water system is continuously monitored and treated to meet these stringent requirements.
The decision to replace lead water service lines is based on a proactive approach to prevent any potential lead contamination and provide even safer drinking water for our community. By adhering to these regulations and implementing the lead water service line replacement project, we aim to exceed the recommended safety standards and prioritize the health and well-being of our residents.
According to the EPA, CDC, and WHO, lead is a toxic, malleable metal that poses a serious health risk when consumed. Your water is currently safe to use and consume at this time, even if your pipes are lead. The Town of Lexington purchases its water from the Massachusetts Water Resource Authority (MWRA), which treats the pH and Alkalinity of the water to prevent the precipitation of lead into the water.
The project will be completed in several phases. Environmental Partners will be initiating each phase and will be available to provide you with support throughout this project.
See Project Phases.
The Town of Lexington is making every effort to complete this project at no cost to you. The removal and replacement of your lead service lines will be completely free, as well as reasonable costs to restore your property to pre-construction conditions. However, certain unreasonable restoration efforts may require a contribution from the homeowner.
The Town must balance its efforts to replace lead services without spending taxpayer money on private landscaping.
Properties will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis to determine reasonable and unreasonable restoration costs. During the pre-construction survey, the Contractor and Environmental Partners will quantify the area of impact and discuss options with you and the Town. A water service may be able to be relocated to avoid significant restoration costs.
Your yard may be impacted, depending on the method used to replace your water service.
There are two methods that may be used to remove the service lines. The preferred method is to dig a test pit at the curb stop, usually within 5 feet of the road at the property boundary. The Contractor will disconnect the existing service from the water meter in the basement and run a cable through the old service that they attach to their equipment by the test pit. They then pull the old service out from that test pit and, at the same time, pull the new copper service into its place by feeding it through the basement. This method significantly limits the construction impact on your yard and landscaping.
The second method would be to trench the entire service through the yard. This will impact the yard more significantly. The yard will be restored to preconstruction conditions. This method is only necessary if the first method fails.
During the pre-construction survey, the Contractor will take note of the trench path and identify any additional restoration costs, such as driveways, walkways, stonework, landscaping, and sprinkler systems. The risks and costs will be discussed and agreed upon with The Town and Homeowner before deciding to move forward with the replacement.
We anticipate replacements will begin in the spring of 2024 and carry through to the fall of 2024. Prior to your service replacement, Environmental Partners and the Town’s Replacement Contractor will schedule a pre-construction survey with you to evaluate the work required and identify any potential challenges that could increase restoration costs. The Town of Lexington is prepared to fully replace your water service and cover reasonable yard restoration efforts at no cost to you.
Construction time for a typical residence should take one day on average. However, replacement complexity can vary between properties. Therefore, an estimated construction time will be provided to each homeowner on a case-by-case basis during the preconstruction survey. During construction, your water will be shut off.
Construction time for a typical property should take one day on average. However, replacement complexity can vary between properties. Therefore, an estimated construction time will be provided to each homeowner on a case-by-case basis during the preconstruction survey.
During construction, your water will be shut off. Every effort will be made to ensure the shutdown window is as short as possible. The shutdown timeline will be communicated with the Homeowner in real-time by the onsite contractor and Engineer.
No, you will not be required to vacate your residence for the work to be completed. But your assistance may be needed. You will need to provide the contractor access to your basement and the water meter. Depending on your property, vehicles may need to be moved and other bulky items relocated to access the water service in the basement. The Pre-Construction survey will identify necessary actions on your end and notify you. Environmental Partners will be overseeing the construction and will be available to inform and answer questions you may have.
The Replacement Contractor and Environmental Partners will contact you to conduct a pre-construction survey at your home. During the survey, site-specific information will be discussed, and an attempt will be made to schedule the date and time for construction with you.
The US EPA and MassDEP recently passed new legislation mandating the inventory and planning for the removal of lead service lines. The Town of Lexington is acting proactively by completing the inventory and replacements for these lead service lines prior to the regulatory deadline.
During any construction project, there is a potential for property damage. That said, the Contractor shall be fully insured for any damage made to your property because of the Contractor’s actions. During the Pre-Construction survey, Environmental Partners will take pre-construction photographs documenting existing conditions. Further photographs shall be taken on the day of construction, showing the work area and post-construction conditions. Environmental Partners will have a representative on-site at all times.
Please direct all questions or concerns to Environmental Partners by calling 617-657-0963 or emailing LexingtonLSLR@envprojects.com. Environmental Partners will respond to your inquiry as quickly as possible.