“We were surprised because it is not often that the selectmen and Finance Committee disagree on something and it gets passed,” Mahoney said.
Conservation Director Bob Douglas said the gauge also will be helpful with ongoing efforts to dismantle two of the town’s three dams in the Shawsheen. That work is slated to start next year.
Love that dirty water
Residents also voted to support two efforts aimed at improving the town’s water infrastructure: a $1 million fire hydrant replacement program and a $195,000, four-year flushing program.
The water system hasn’t been flushed in recent memory, according to Chris Cronin, acting director of the Department of Public Works. Over time, some pipes have built up layers of sediment. The flushing will discharge that material, Cronin said.
“It’s important to do, (but) it’s going to be problematic,” he said. “We’re going to have dirty water. We’re going to have to be patient.”
Cronin said once the entire system is flushed and maintenance measures are in place, residents will confront dirty water less often.