State giving Norfolk $25K for better water planning and practices

The town has been awarded a $25,000 state grant to help integrate water-smart planning and practices in town.

The money was awarded as part of Gov. Charlie Baker’s Water Management Act Grant Program, which funds watershed planning projects, demand management, and minimization and mitigation activities for water withdrawal impacts.

“As we continue to develop our community and our Commonwealth, it is important to be mindful of our water resources and work towards conserving them for generations to come,” state Rep. Shawn Dooley, R- Norfolk, said in announcing the grant Tuesday night.

Norfolk has had water limitations for years, which have led to outdoor water restrictions. The town is planning a new third well to help alleviate the situation.

Voters at last May’s annual town meeting unanimously backed $2.6 million for the water system, mostly for a new well and pumping station, which would be located on land off Holbrook Street. The money is coming from water revenue.

The existing two wells are aging and have decreased output, and a third well will provide increased water supply to meet growing demand, town officials say.

Some of the funds approved at town meeting were earmarked for changes in water treatment at the Gold Street and Spruce Road wells, and other money was intended for monitoring the water system, Public Works Director Robert McGhee said.

The town had been searching for a suitable site for a new well for a few years.

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