by Vicki Brown Stevens, Special to the Town Wide Mall,
with introduction by Glenn C. Koenig, webmaster
Maynard, MA - The Public Works Department in Maynard is in the process of establishing a 4th well field in town, in order to provide Maynard with enough fresh drinking water for current and estimated future needs.
For the first time, Town Wide Mall is fortunate to have a guest reporter - Vicki Brown Stevens, a resident of the town and an experienced journalist. She has contributed an excellent article on Maynard’s efforts to provide enough fresh drinking water for its residents and businesses. As with a number of surrounding towns, Maynard must operate its three water systems on its own: fresh water, wastewater treatment, and storm water drainage.
Vicki’s story is a detailed and fully illustrated report. As it runs 10 pages, I have attached it as a PDF file, here below, for you to download and read, instead of incorporating it directly into this news feed.
Because water is so easy to use, it’s also easy to forget what makes all this possible. This story, provided by Vicki, brings to light many of the factors and costs involved and I urge you to take the time to read it in its entirety, if possible.
The availability of water in Maynard is a key factor that impacts many other aspects of life in town. The amount we pay for water affects our cost of living here, of course. But the availability of water also limits our use of existing buildings (residential versus business). For the future, it limits our prospects for the redevelopment of the few remaining parcels of land we have available, which, in turn, limits our potential tax revenue.
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