North to sell water to Plainville in five-year deal

North Attleborough Town Hall

By Max Bowen

North Attleborough’s Public Works has begun a five-year deal to help Plainville supply water to its residents.

DPW Director Mark Hollowell said the agreement will allow Plainville to purchase up to 100 million gallons of water a day at a cost of approximately $5 per 1,000 gallons. Plainville is in the midst of upgrades to two of its wells and other repair work. Hollowell expects Plainville will hit this limit the first two years and that it may decrease the last three. The 100 million gallon limit also gives the town the ability to meet the needs of new developments.

In a letter to the Plainville Board of Selectmen from DPW Paul Scott, he wrote that recent cleaning and inspection of the wells located behind the Highway Garage have resulted in the shutdown of one well due to deterioration of the screen and casing. Volume withdrawn from the second well has been reduced due to similar deterioration.

The Special Town Meeting held this past fall approved funding to design, permit and construct two new wells,” he wrote in the Jan. 7 letter. “These wells will be replaced within the existing well field.”

Scott added that the town is struggling to meet the current demand for water, which has grown significantly over the past few years and will continue with any new growth. The Board of Selectmen and DPW are making efforts to find new sources to meet this demand.

A Plainville’s Special Town Meeting last fall, residents approved funding to research a new well within the Turnpike Lake area. The funds will also be used to determine what may be required for design, permitting, and construction of this resource, as well as improvements to the Turnpike Lake Treatment Plant to increase treatment capacity.

Hollowell said Plainville using North Attleborough’s water shouldn’t impact the town’s own needs. There is a provision in the agreement that should there be a drought or other issue, North Attleborough’s residents will be given priority.

We have good wells that produce well,” he said.

This isn’t the first water-related agreement that the town has signed over the years. In 2000, they penned a deal with Plainville to treat the town’s water and sell it back for the cost of the work. North has another agreement with Attleboro, where the two towns tie into each other’s systems instead of installing new ones, as a cost-saving measure.