Water System

Town water is supplied from three wells in West Sterling and a single well on Route 12 near West Waushacum Lake.  When all wells are on line, they have the capacity to pump approximately 1500 gallons per minute into the distribution system.  We pump an average of 610,000 gallons of water per day which equates to approximately 222 million gallons per year.  In the summer, we sometimes pump as much as 1.5 million gallons of water a day.  The increase is primarily due to watering lawns.

There are roughly 68 miles of water mains and over 450 water hydrants in our distribution system. At present, there are 2217 water service connections including 2125 residential connections which serve approximately 80% of the population.  The remainder of town residents use private wells.

Water pressure and storage is supplied by two water tanks each with an overflow level of 736 feet.  The tank on Osgood Rd is approx. 800,000 gallons and is a wire wrapped pre-stressed concrete tank.  The tank on Kendall Hill is a 250,000 gallon steel tank. The new underground tank on Tuttle Rd. is a poured- in-place concrete tank and has a capacity of 1.3 million gallons.