NOTE: Manganese results are now being posted on our water testing website - http://watertesting.topsfieldpublicworks.org.  The site includes all of our test results and information about which water sources are in use.

 

We test our sources for total manganese on a monthly basis.  The results of these tests will be posted on this page as they become available.  All results are shown in micrograms per Liter unless otherwise noted.  The value shown is the average for the month if multiple samples were taken.

Please review the public notice that was sent to our customers in November 2013 to see how these levels compare to guidance from MassDEP.  Manganese levels typically decline as water moves futher away from the sources because it precipitates out of solution and coats the pipe walls.  Although system levels are normally low (<300 micrograms per Liter) this level can easily be exceeded when sediment in water mains and home plumbing lines is disturbed.  

A system map (14 MB) showing the test sites and water mains is available to help customers determine which sampling sites are closest to their homes.

Recent Manganese Test Results (micrograms per Liter)
Month & Year Water Sources Distribution System Sites
North Street Perkins Row Police Dept. Fire Dept. Town Hall Masco RHS Bradley Palmer Steward School Great Hill Park & Cemetery
Jun-2011  95 337                
Jul-2011 109  414  11 20 17 15 7 45 6 20
Aug-2011 124  455  20 39 12 21 7 10 24 25
Sep-2011 182  298  1 3 3 3 3 4 1 17
Oct-2011 176  275  4 31 17 4 14 59 8  
Nov-2011 90 118  9 8 42 8        
Dec-2011 101 48  7 9 53 12 11 20 18 29
Jan-2012 77 134  10 19 14 3 3 20 29 32
Feb-2012 48 37  18 9 12 32 8 7 15 44
Mar-2012 61 65  6 13 11 9 9 15 16 20
Apr-2012 69 77  9 4 40 7 13 9 19 22
May-2012 66 45  14 18 22 11 13 12 26 43
Jun-2012 65 53  10 14 17 6 11 14 24 23
Jul-2012 54  98  8 6 9 5 7 3 7 810
Aug-2012 36 10  6 14 9 3 6 7 13 23
Sep-2012 70 110  20 20 10 0 0 30 20 30
Oct-2012 64 120                 
Nov-2012 70 100  10 30 50 10 0 10 60 30
Dec-2012 150 out of service  20 40 60 20 20 20 20 50
Jan-2013 70 150  10 30 50 0 0 20 30 30
Feb-2013 out of service 260  30 40 90 0 20 200 160 20
Mar-2013 380 290  40 60 100 0 20 140 180 30
Apr-2013 410 370  40 60 130 10 20 170 220 50
May-2013 1,270 320  60 30 180 30 30 50 230 140
Jun-2013 330 370  60 30 80 30 40 130 240 160
Jul-2013 338 336  59 46 59 47 36 46 229 159
Aug-2013 236 360  37 43 194 29 10 25 88 200
Sep-2013 94 359  25 68 81 18 11 26 41 151
Oct-2013 150 300 17 210 9 8 16 280 52 120
Nov-2013  130 280 14 44 97 24 16 27 43 59 
Dec-2013 126 276  28 69  12  13   57 67 69
Jan-2014  138 242   11 22 67   11  12  85 72 70 
Feb-2014  130 134 19  74  45 12   18  42  32 104 
Mar-2014  63 150   14 31 27   12  87  38 52
Apr-2014 106 60 17   63  6  8 25 45 
May-2014 120 179 11 8 62 7 8 64 96 62
Jun-2014 121 199 13 34 78 13 not tested 62 62 61
Jul-2014 202 257 18 49 65 15 11 31 42 51
Aug-2014 165 268  12  48  64 19  14 14 65 80
Sep-2014 140 283 10 63 73 7 10 12 23 113
Oct-2014 156 236 22 25 69 11 7 24 29 47
Nov-2014 153 250  26 17  31  12 9 19 23 56
9-Dec-2014 325 275  48 105  78 47  14  56  54  111
9-Dec-2014 260 220                
19-Dec-14 196 184 20 53 40 30 30 84 71 64
19-Dec-14 230 160                
Jan-2015 200 54 25 70 98 26 18 47 62 76
Feb-2015 122 61 28 37 32 17 10 27 20 57
Mar-2015 163 54 21 29 88 16 20 40 49 74
Apr-2015 180 53 26 25 26 26 54 24 13 65
May-2015 214 69  21 59 104  26 42 21 33 67
Jun-2015 201 57 10 40 78 23 15 16 23 116
Jul-2015 168 119  13 25 98 8 11  9 27 76
Aug-2015                    
Sep-2015 154 163 8 51 57 37 8 17 47 38
Oct-2015  151 188 9 23 16 2 32 12 16
Nov-2015 153 225 10 8 74 12 8 11 33 16
Dec-2015 259 216 23 40 110 16 10 21 42 32
Jan-2016 256 218 25 45 67 19 10 102 69 28
Feb-2016 204 189 39 80 68 16 10 42 38 58
Mar-2016 188 186 36 46 44 22 14 170 37 14
Apr-2016 293  232 33 96 171 8  9 128 84 60
May-2016 188 248 23 52 57 18 11 136 101 74

Jun-2016

152  252 24 67 30 24 13 97 152 96

Jul-2016

141 359 20 58 54 8 34 28 72 137
Aug-2016 54 350  33 65 17 15 23   78 68
Sep-2016 69 371  24 55 68 13 8 21 32 43
Oct-2016 58 360 14 39 59 8 7 21 17 12

Manganese Advisory

The Water Department issued a manganese advisory on November 1, 2013.  Monthly test results are available our water quality site.

The Perkins Row well exceeded MassDEP's limit of 0.3 milligrams per Liter during the summer of 2016 and has since and is now below 0.2 milligrams per Liter.  Both water sources are below State manganese limit.  The advisory will remain in place until the treatment plant is built and in operation.

Water Treatment Plant Information

A Special Town Meeting held on June 20, 2017 approved $10.4 million for the construction of a water treatment facility.  We expect construction to begin during the summer of 2017 and for the plant to open in the fall of 2018.

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