PFAS6 Level Above the Drinking Water Standard in Well #4
Posted June 26, 2021
Initial testing shows PFAS6 levels in Well #4 are four times higher than the new MA PFAS6 drinking water standard. Well #4 was providing a third of our water, but has been shut down until the PFAS6 levels are lowered. The Well #4 problem highlights the value of Sharon’s award-winning water conservation program. Because water use in Sharon has been reduced by approximately 30% over the past decade or so, the remaining wells can provide enough water for essential needs, at least until the PFAS can be removed from Well #4. For more information, visit the Town of Sharon website:
Hampton Road water tank
Sharon relies on local groundwater aquifers for its drinking water. The system currently serves about 17,500 customers or approximately 98% of the Town.
The Town’s water delivery system includes about 120 miles of pipe. Some of the pipes are unlined, small diameter cast iron water mains that are over 100 years old.
Water Storage Tanks
The Town maintains four water storage tanks with a total volume of 3 million gallons.
Water Supply Wells
The Town obtains its water supply from four gravel pack wells.
The combined MassDEP approved pumping rate of the groundwater supplies from all the sources is 3.12 million gallons per day (mgd).
All wells are treated with sodium hypochlorite for disinfection, sodium fluoride for dental protection, and potassium hydroxide for pH adjustment/corrosion control.
Sharon Water Quality Reports
Annual Water Quality Reports provide customers with information on where your water comes from, what the Water Department is doing to modernize the system, what is found in the water, what the W.D. does to ensure high-quality water for now and in the future, and tips on efficient use of water.
To help residents conserve water, the Sharon Water Conservation Program provides educational outreach, toilet & clothes washer rebates, free giveaways (shower heads and faucet aerators), and leak detection.
Residential outdoor water restrictions are put in place every May 1-Oct. 1.
Lawn sprinklers, either underground or hose fed, must adhere to the following proposed schedule:
- Odd numbered homes: Mon. & Thurs.–6pm to 8pm only
- Even numbered homes: Tues. & Fri.–6pm to 8pm only
Residents may use one hand held hose, fitted with a spray nozzle, without restriction. Exemptions to this policy may be granted for newly installed lawns for up to 14 days. Call or visit the Sharon Water Dept. (DPW) for more information 781-784-1525 x2315
How is Sharon doing with Water Conservation?
- The average water use in Sharon is approximately 57 gallons per person per day. The average water use across the U.S. in 90-100 gallons per person per day.
- The Sharon Water Department uses approximately $150,000 worth of electricity every year just to pump our municipal wells, not counting the energy used to heat water.
- Sharon’s award-winning water conservation program has resulted in a 20% reduction in water use.
Department of Public Works
217 S Main St, Sharon, MA 02067
Mon.-Wed. 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Thursday 8:00 AM to 8:00 PM
Friday 8:00 AM to 12:30 PM
Other Helpful Links
Sharon Friends of Conservation — Citizens group to promote, encourage and foster the preservation, care and maintenance of all public lands, waters and wildlife in the Town of Sharon
Clean Water Action — A national citizens’ organization working for clean, safe, and affordable water, and prevention of health-threatening pollution