The Ipswich Water Department plans to upgrade approximately 6,800 feet (or 1.3 miles) of existing 12” diameter cast iron water main on High Street, between the Ipswich Utilities Complex at 272 High Street and the intersection with Kimball Avenue. This existing 12” diameter cast iron water main was originally installed in 1895 and has been serving as a backbone of the water distribution system for over 120 years.
Over the past two years, several water main breaks have occurred on High Street and caused disruption to the Town’s residents, businesses, and commuters. Replacement of the affected portion of water main was expedited to improve the level of service along this section of the water distribution system.
The project was substantially complete in the Fall of 2020. Full curb to curb paving between Kimball Avenue and the Utilities Office will be done in Spring 2021.
The replaced 12" cast iron water main was discontinued and left in place for potential reuse to convey Browns Well water to the Water Treatment Plant to remove excess manganese. The additional treatment of Browns Well water would restore the well's full authorized operating capacity of 0.49 million gallons per day (mgd). The well has been reduced to 0.20 mgd since 2013 to manage manganese levels.
For project details and updates, refer to the information below or contact our office at (978) 356-6635. Thank you for your patience and cooperation during this important project.
Photo by Edward Lee Darling (1874-1962), Courtesy of Bill Barton and Gordon Harris, Ipswich Town Historian