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Drought Advisory-Approaching Emergency Phase
Due to the extended weather forecast of dry and above average temperatures, the Town of Andover has entered Phase 2 of our Drought Management Plan, requiring mandatory restrictions of our largest water customers, and voluntary water conservation of all customers. We anticipate the possibility of entering Phase 3 of our drought plan as early as Monday, July 25th which will require mandatory water restrictions of outdoor water use according to the Town’s By-law. We are exploring options to reduce that likelihood.

Our Drought Management Plan includes the following 4 Phases:

Phase 1, Watch – Initiate public awareness, Encourage voluntary conservation by largest water users, Restrict outdoor water use by municipality.
Phase 2, Warning – Continue public awareness, Encourage voluntary conservation by all users, Mandatory conservation by largest water users.
Phase 3, Emergency – Mandatory restrictions with By-Law in effect.
Phase 4, Critical – Maximum mandatory restrictions.

The Town of Andover continuously monitors the water demand and the levels in our water storage tanks and reservoir to ensure that we provide high water quality and fire protection.

On July 8, 2016, the Secretary of Energy and Environmental Affairs, Matthew Beaton, issued a Drought Watch for our region. The advisory asks all public water suppliers (including the Town of Andover) to review outdoor water use and implement restrictions of outdoor water use where necessary. A link to the Drought Advisory Status is linked below.

Each year, Andover’s Water Treatment Plant pumps and treats 2.2 billion gallons of water from Haggetts Pond which is fed from the Merrimack River via Fish Brook. During the summer months, water use doubles as a result of lawn watering and the filling of swimming pools. Andover uses approximately 6 million gallons per day during the winter months. In the summer months, the volume of water used more than doubles, to anywhere between 12 and 14 million gallons per day.

Please email if you have any questions.

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Road Work Updates

ROAD WORK - Updated 07/25/2016

Please be advised that there will be full and/or partial road closures to facilitate work on the roads listed below with the associated dates. Expect delays and detours. Please seek alternate routes.

Partial Road Closures

Monday, July 25th: Paving on Gould Road.

Full Road Closure

Monday, July 25th: as part of the Haverhill Double Track Project, McCourt Construction will be paving the intersection of Pearson Street, Railroad Street and Essex Street. During this operation, the intersection will be closed entirely. The detour routes will be the same as when the track work was being done and the intersection was entirely closed last month. Please plan accordingly.

Periodic Full Road Closure

Ongoing: Water main work on Corbett Street with a minor detour. Work will continue over the next few weeks.

For questions or concerns, please call the Department of Public Works at 978-623-8350.

Street Paving Projects

Street paving projects have begun. Please view the Street Paving List for a list of streets and the type of work that will be done.

For questions or concerns, please contact the Highway Department at 978-623-8426.

Request for Volunteers

The Town of Andover is seeking volunteers to fill current vacancies on the following committees:

If you would like to be considered for an appointment to a board, commission, council, or committee, please fill out a Talent Bank Form and then return it to the Town Manager's Office by e-mail to For additional information, please contact the Town Manager’s office. Thank you.

Municipal Services Summer Newsletter

The Municipal Services Summer Newsletter is now available!

Read a message from the director, learn about projects around town and much more!

In order to be as green as possible, our seasonal newsletters will be electronic only.

Municipal Services Newsletter-Summer 2016

Water and Sewer Rate Changes

At the April 11, 2016 Board of selectman’s meeting, with the Board acting as the Water and Sewer Commissioners, it was voted to change our fire suppression fees, and our water and sewer rates to a tiered system. These changes are to take place on July 1, 2016. Please click below for more information.

Water and Sewer Rate Changes

Water Quality Report

Andover’s Water Quality report for calendar year 2015 is now available at Copies are also available at Memorial Hall Library, Town Offices and the Water Treatment Plant.

If you would like a hard-copy of the report mailed to your home, please call the Water Treatment Plant at (978) 623-8350.

2016 Water Main Improvements

The Town of Andover’s general contractor, Five Oaks Construction, will be replacing the water main and / or water services in the following areas:

Corbett Street (Princeton Avenue to Route 495 bridge) , Sherbourne Street, Ayer Street, Princeton Avenue, Dartmouth Road, George Street, Cornell Road, Yale Road, Harvard Road, Bowdoin Road, and Amherst Road.

Construction is anticipated to begin the week of June 6, 2016.

Commuter Rail Construction

As part of the Haverhill Double Track Project, Keolis Commuter Service and McCourt Construction will be installing a second commuter rail crossing with new signal and track crossing gates at the intersection of Essex and Pearson streets in Andover, Ma. As part of this project Keolis will complete drainage and site improvements in this area which include the removal of the existing drain line; installation of new drainage including catch basins and manholes; new granite curbing, concrete sidewalks and asphalt paving.

The duration of this work is approximately 2 months with the major portion of the work being done in the month of June. Full and partial road closures will be necessary during some portions of the work. Please read Keolis Commuter Service's press release for more details.

Gas Main Construction

Columbia Gas of Massachusetts is currently installing new gas mains at the following locations:

  1. Shawsheen Road from Essex Street. to Smithshire Estates

  2. Cheever Circle, Johnson Road, Shipman Road, Cedar Road, Collidge Road and a portion of Elm Street.

  3. Union Street, Shepley Street and Binney Street

  4. Bancroft Road

This work may affect traffic in these areas. Drivers should seek alternate routes if possible.

For more information, please view the Project Map on the Columbia Gas of Massachusetts website.

North Main Street Bridge Replacement Project

MAS Building and Bridge, Inc. has been contracted by the Massachusetts Department of Transportation to remove and replace the Rt. 28 N. Main St. Bridge over the MBTA / PanAm Railroad.

The Project Duration is approximately 30 months beginning in the spring of 2016 and lasting through the fall of 2018. The Project will involve significant coordination efforts on several fronts with entities including Town Engineers, MBTA and PanAm Railroads, MassDOT, Design Consultants, Utility Companies and various specialty Contractors.

Please read the MAS Building and Bridge, Inc. Executive Summary linked below for more details on this project. If there are any questions, please contact the Massachusetts Department of Transportation Field Office at 978-475-4385.

N. Main St Bridge-Summary

Seeking Volunteers for Permanent Town Building Advisory Committee

The Town of Andover is seeking volunteers to serve as regular members of the Permanent Town Building Advisory Committee (PTBAC). The committee provides advisory support and makes recommendations to address the requirements and needs of all municipal buildings, including school buildings, in the Town of Andover. The committee shall work with the Town Manager and his/her designees to help oversee major building design studies and construction projects having expected aggregate costs exceeding two million dollars. The committee is comprised of five regular members appointed for three-year terms and two or more temporary members appointed to serve during specific projects.

Volunteers interested in serving as regular members on the PTBAC are encouraged to submit a talent bank form prior June 15, 2016.

Regular Members
The committee shall consist of five regular voting members, all serving without compensation. The Town Manager shall endeavor to appoint, to the extent possible, individuals having practical experience and skills and professions that concentrate on the design, construction, management and/or financing of commercial/institutional buildings such as architects; civil engineers; structural engineers; mechanical, electrical and plumbing engineers, building contractors, project managers, property managers, attorneys and building tradespersons, none of whom serve on other regulatory boards within the Town. All regular members shall be residents of the Town of Andover. All regular members shall be appointed for three-year terms by the Town Manager subject to approval by the Board of Selectmen.

Temporary Members
For each municipal project, two temporary members shall be appointed who are members, professional employees of the Town, and/or designees of the appointed or elected board or committee sponsoring or requesting a construction or major maintenance project, or in the case of major maintenance initiated by the committee itself, the board or committee whose facility would be the recipient thereof. The temporary members shall be appointed at large for one-year terms by the Town Manager. Temporary members shall have the right to vote on the activities of the committee only with respect to the particular project for which such member was appointed. Depending on the size and scope of the proposed project, additional temporary members associated with the project may be appointed.

Public Notice: Cable Television Renewal Proposal

The Town of Andover received a cable television renewal proposal from Verizon of New England, Inc. on May 11, 2016. A copy of the renewal proposal is available in the Town Clerk’s Office during normal business hours. The Board of Selectmen as cable license Issuing Authority will review and accept written comments on the renewal proposal. Comments may be submitted to the Town c/o Deputy Town Manager, Town Hall, 36 Bartlet Street, Andover, MA 01810 or by email.

Vacancies on the Council on Aging Advisory Council

The Council on Aging Advisory Council has four (4) Board positions available this year. If you would like to be a member of this vibrant group, please join us at an upcoming Board meeting scheduled for the second Thursday of the month at 8:00 AM. Meetings are located at the Center at Punchard. If interested, please complete the Talent Bank Form. More Information