, Newburyport, MA

November 12, 2012

Water treatment plant construction on schedule

Rowley Town Notebook Michelle Pelletier Marshall
Newburyport Daily News

---- — Work on the construction of the new $12.3 million water treatment plant in town continues on schedule, according to Water Department board member Scott Martin, who has been instrumental in the planning of the project.

Martin noted that blasting through some ledge that was encountered at the Pingree Farm Road project has added a little more time, but that it is expected that the plant will be online by January 2014 as required by the administrative consent order.

“I’m hopeful for a mild winter so the project can stay on track,” said Martin, who also noted that the completion of this project will provide residents with water that is “100 percent better, like bottled water coming right out of the tap.”

The groundbreaking at the Pingree Farm Road location was in June. Since that time, the land has been cleared, trees have been removed, outside walls have been poured; and this month, the directional bore, which will connect Well #3 on Boxford Road to the new treatment plant, will be drilled. Visit for more details and current photos on the project.


The Board of Health will hold a Household Hazardous Waste Collection Day on Saturday, Nov. 17, from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Highway Department at 40 Independent St. Visit the town’s website at for the list of items that will be collected free of charge, such as solvents, fluorescent light bulbs and weed killers, and those for which there will be a charge such as TVs, propane tanks and tires. Proof of residency is required. Call the Board of Health with questions at 978-948-2231.


New topics have been added to the Rowley Public Library computer classes for senior citizens. This month, seniors are invited to join a three-class session about social media — Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and Pinterest. Classes are free and begin on Thursday, Nov. 29, from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. Additional classes meet on Dec. 6 and 13. Participants must be familiar with using a mouse and basic Windows and be able to attend all three sessions. Call the Rowley Public Library at 978-948-2850 for more information.


Volunteers are sought to help senior citizens from the Rowley Council on Aging during their bi-monthly Wednesday morning shopping trips to Market Basket. Volunteers will assist the seniors with their list and carrying the groceries. Call the council at 978-948-7637 if interested in helping out.


Visit the Rowley Public Library this month to view works by local artist Karla Cook. Cook, who operates out of her Reservoir Farm Studio in Andover, is best known for her pet portraits, which are now on display at the library through the end of December.


Michelle Pelletier Marshall covers Rowley for The Daily News. She can be reached at