FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 17, 2016
Contact: Don Ouellette, DPW Director, 772-1528
GREENFIELD – The Town’s water treatment facilities and its employees were the recipients of two awards earlier this month, receiving special recognition from Governor Baker’s office, as well as a 2016 Public Water System Award from the State Department of Environmental Protection Drinking Water Program.
Both awards lauded important actions on the part of the Town and the DPW to preserve a parcel of land containing a stream that feeds the Leyden Glen, a critical water source for Greenfield. The land’s owner, Mr. Mal Cichy, offered the acreage to the Town at a reasonable price which was then approved by the Town Council last month. Given the tight budgets of many towns in the Commonwealth, the Department of Public Works seized the opportunity to preserve and protect this parcel from new home development with resultant septic systems and lawn chemicals, thereby saving the tract from future pollution.
Supervisor Mark Holley of Greenfield Water Facilities is grateful to all involved. “This is just one small but very important piece of the puzzle when it comes to protecting the Town’s water supply. Our thanks to the Town Council for recognizing the importance of protecting this vital water source.” Don Ouellette, Director of the Department of Public Works for the Town, added, “Because this land is now legally protected from development, we can more easily safeguard our water source from contamination, rather than treat it after the fact.”
Mayor William Martin commended the Water Treatment staff for their attention to external variables that might impact the internal operations of water quality. “Additionally, using our own laboratory for testing water samples from the Greenfield Public Schools for copper or lead concentrations, we have found that no results exceeded the limits.”