News, Events & Notices
DROUGHT ADVISORY - Stage 2Drought Advisory-Approaching Emergency Phase
Due to the extended weather forecast of dry and above average temperatures, the Town of Andover has entered Phase 2 of our Drought Management Plan, requiring mandatory restrictions of our largest water customers, and voluntary water conservation of all customers. We anticipate the possibility of entering Phase 3 of our drought plan as early as Monday, July 25th which will require mandatory water restrictions of outdoor water use according to the Town’s By-law. We are exploring options to reduce that likelihood.
Our Drought Management Plan includes the following 4 Phases:
Phase 1, Watch – Initiate public awareness, Encourage voluntary conservation by largest water users, Restrict outdoor water use by municipality.
Phase 2, Warning – Continue public awareness, Encourage voluntary conservation by all users, Mandatory conservation by largest water users.
Phase 3, Emergency – Mandatory restrictions with By-Law in effect.
Phase 4, Critical – Maximum mandatory restrictions.
The Town of Andover continuously monitors the water demand and the levels in our water storage tanks and reservoir to ensure that we provide high water quality and fire protection.
On July 8, 2016, the Secretary of Energy and Environmental Affairs, Matthew Beaton, issued a Drought Watch for our region. The advisory asks all public water suppliers (including the Town of Andover) to review outdoor water use and implement restrictions of outdoor water use where necessary. A link to the Drought Advisory Status is linked below.
Each year, Andover’s Water Treatment Plant pumps and treats 2.2 billion gallons of water from Haggetts Pond which is fed from the Merrimack River via Fish Brook. During the summer months, water use doubles as a result of lawn watering and the filling of swimming pools. Andover uses approximately 6 million gallons per day during the winter months. In the summer months, the volume of water used more than doubles, to anywhere between 12 and 14 million gallons per day.
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Road Work UpdatesROAD WORK - Updated 07/22/2016
Please be advised that there will be full and/or partial road closures to facilitate work on the roads listed below with the associated dates. Expect delays and detours. Please seek alternate routes.
Partial Road Closures
Friday, July 22nd: Reclaiming on Chandler Road.
Friday, July 22nd: Paving on Stafford Lane and Juniper Road.
Saturday, July 23rd: Paving on Chandler Road
Full Road Closure
Monday, July 25th: as part of the Haverhill Double Track Project, McCourt Construction will be paving the intersection of Pearson Street, Railroad Street and Essex Street. During this operation, the intersection will be closed entirely. The detour routes will be the same as when the track work was being done and the intersection was entirely closed last month. Please plan accordingly.
Periodic Full Road Closure
Ongoing: Water main work on Corbett Street with a minor detour. Work will continue over the next few weeks.
For questions or concerns, please call the Department of Public Works at 978-623-8350.
Water Division Notice - Fire Flow TestingFire Flow testing will be conducted on Saturday, July 23, 2016 beginning at 8:00 a.m. at BANCROFT HALL, PHILIIPS ACADEMY.
Water may be discolored for a period of time in the PHILLIPS STREET, MAIN STREET, OLD CAMPUS ROAD AND HIDDEN FIELD ROAD AREAS.
Fire Flow testing will also be conducted on Saturday, July 23, 2016 beginning at 10:00 a.m. at 10 LOWELL JUNCTION ROAD.
Water may be discolored for a period of time in the LOWELL JUNCTION ROAD, GREGORY CIRCLE, AND RIVER STREET AREAS.
To help alleviate the discoloration problem, please run your outside faucet(s) until the water clears.
Gas Main Construction
Columbia Gas of Massachusetts is currently installing new gas mains at the following locations:
- Shawsheen Road from Essex Street. to Smithshire Estates
- Cheever Circle, Johnson Road, Shipman Road, Cedar Road, Collidge Road and a portion of Elm Street.
- Union Street, Shepley Street and Binney Street
- Bancroft Road
This work may affect traffic in these areas. Drivers should seek alternate routes if possible.
For more information, please view the Project Map on the Columbia Gas of Massachusetts website.
Street Paving ProjectsStreet paving projects have begun. Please view the Street Paving List for a list of streets and the type of work that will be done.
For questions or concerns, please contact the Highway Department at 978-623-8426.
Municipal Services Summer NewsletterThe Municipal Services Summer Newsletter is now available!
Read a message from the director, learn about projects around town and much more!
In order to be as green as possible, our seasonal newsletters will be electronic only.
Municipal Services Newsletter-Summer 2016
Request for VolunteersThe Town of Andover is seeking volunteers to fill current vacancies on the following committees:
- Audit Committee
- Commission on Disability
- Council on Aging
- Cultural Council
- Housing Partnership/Fair Housing Committee
- Housing Trust Fund
- Information Technology Advisory Committee
- Permanent Town Building Advisory Committee
- Planning Board
- Poet Laureate Committee
- Scholarship Committee
- TRIAD Council
If you would like to be considered for an appointment to a board, commission, council, or committee, please fill out a Talent Bank Form and then return it to the Town Manager's Office by e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org. For additional information, please contact the Town Manager’s office. Thank you.
Water Quality ReportAndover’s Water Quality report for calendar year 2015 is now available at andoverma.gov/dpw/waterquality.pdf. Copies are also available at Memorial Hall Library, Town Offices and the Water Treatment Plant.
If you would like a hard-copy of the report mailed to your home, please call the Water Treatment Plant at (978) 623-8350.
Commuter Rail ConstructionAs part of the Haverhill Double Track Project, Keolis Commuter Service and McCourt Construction will be installing a second commuter rail crossing with new signal and track crossing gates at the intersection of Essex and Pearson streets in Andover, Ma. As part of this project Keolis will complete drainage and site improvements in this area which include the removal of the existing drain line; installation of new drainage including catch basins and manholes; new granite curbing, concrete sidewalks and asphalt paving.
The duration of this work is approximately 2 months with the major portion of the work being done in the month of June. Full and partial road closures will be necessary during some portions of the work. Please read Keolis Commuter Service's press release for more details.
Seeking Volunteers for Permanent Town Building Advisory CommitteeThe Town of Andover is seeking volunteers to serve as regular members of the Permanent Town Building Advisory Committee (PTBAC). The committee provides advisory support and makes recommendations to address the requirements and needs of all municipal buildings, including school buildings, in the Town of Andover. The committee shall work with the Town Manager and his/her designees to help oversee major building design studies and construction projects having expected aggregate costs exceeding two million dollars. The committee is comprised of five regular members appointed for three-year terms and two or more temporary members appointed to serve during specific projects.
Volunteers interested in serving as regular members on the PTBAC are encouraged to submit a talent bank form prior June 15, 2016.
The committee shall consist of five regular voting members, all serving without compensation. The Town Manager shall endeavor to appoint, to the extent possible, individuals having practical experience and skills and professions that concentrate on the design, construction, management and/or financing of commercial/institutional buildings such as architects; civil engineers; structural engineers; mechanical, electrical and plumbing engineers, building contractors, project managers, property managers, attorneys and building tradespersons, none of whom serve on other regulatory boards within the Town. All regular members shall be residents of the Town of Andover. All regular members shall be appointed for three-year terms by the Town Manager subject to approval by the Board of Selectmen.
For each municipal project, two temporary members shall be appointed who are members, professional employees of the Town, and/or designees of the appointed or elected board or committee sponsoring or requesting a construction or major maintenance project, or in the case of major maintenance initiated by the committee itself, the board or committee whose facility would be the recipient thereof. The temporary members shall be appointed at large for one-year terms by the Town Manager. Temporary members shall have the right to vote on the activities of the committee only with respect to the particular project for which such member was appointed. Depending on the size and scope of the proposed project, additional temporary members associated with the project may be appointed.
2016 Water Main ImprovementsThe Town of Andover’s general contractor, Five Oaks Construction, will be replacing the water main and / or water services in the following areas:
Corbett Street (Princeton Avenue to Route 495 bridge) , Sherbourne Street, Ayer Street, Princeton Avenue, Dartmouth Road, George Street, Cornell Road, Yale Road, Harvard Road, Bowdoin Road, and Amherst Road.
Construction is anticipated to begin the week of June 6, 2016.
Public Notice: Cable Television Renewal ProposalThe Town of Andover received a cable television renewal proposal from Verizon of New England, Inc. on May 11, 2016. A copy of the renewal proposal is available in the Town Clerk’s Office during normal business hours. The Board of Selectmen as cable license Issuing Authority will review and accept written comments on the renewal proposal. Comments may be submitted to the Town c/o Deputy Town Manager, Town Hall, 36 Bartlet Street, Andover, MA 01810 or by email.
Water and Sewer Rate ChangesAt the April 11, 2016 Board of selectman’s meeting, with the Board acting as the Water and Sewer Commissioners, it was voted to change our fire suppression fees, and our water and sewer rates to a tiered system. These changes are to take place on July 1, 2016. Please click below for more information.
Water and Sewer Rate Changes