Water Main Leak Detection Survey is Underway

The Department of Public Works has scheduled the bi-annual leak detection survey on the 85 miles of water mains within the Town’s distribution system.

The water mains vary from 6-inch diameter to 16-inch diameter and have approximately 700 fire hydrants and 4,000 domestic water services.  The work will be performed by Conservation Technologies, Inc. beginning in late July and be completed within four to five weeks.

This year’s surveying covers the southern half of Town south of Great Road, Middlesex Turnpike, Crosby Drive, abutting neighborhoods at the end of Old Billerica Road, and the 16” transmission main along the railroad bed.

Leak detection equipment includes electro-sonic listening devices designed for the purpose of detecting audio frequencies created by water leaks.  The contractor will use direct contact sounding equipment, to pinpoint any suspected leaks. The contractor will not be entering private homes to complete the work.

Although the majority of the work will be performed during the day, Conservation Technologies personnel may work at night on the heavy traffic roadways.  The Bedford police will be notified when night work is scheduled.

Once the leak detection survey is complete, the Bedford Water Division will be scheduling any necessary repairs to the Town’s system.  If a leak is found on a private water service, the property owner will be notified by mail.  A list of bonded contractors who can perform such repairs is available at the DPW office.

Please contact the Department of Public Works at (781) 275-7605 if you have any questions.

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