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Massachusetts Water Resources Authority


October 3, 2017


Jeffrey McLaughlin
(617) 305-5762 or

Public meeting to be held on October 24, 2017

map of work area

The Massachusetts Water Resources Authority is working on the design of a rehabilitation of its Reading Extension Sewer and Metropolitan Sewer, which are a part of the Northern Collection System serving the communities of Wakefield, Stoneham, Woburn and Reading. The 12,240-linear-foot, 95-year-old Reading Extension Sewer was constructed from 1919 to 1921, and consists vitrified clay pipe, 90% of the which is located in the Town of Stoneham. 

Internal television inspections of the Reading Extension Sewer revealed that many segments of the pipeline are cracked, broken, or have partially deformed segments. In addition, there are numerous areas of heavy root intrusion. Many manholes along the Reading Extension Sewer are mostly of brick construction and also require repair.

A 2,280-linear-foot portion of the Metropolitan Sewer, which is included in this project, is also a vitrified clay pipe segment, which was constructed in the late 1800s. Recent inspections of this sewer segment, which runs parallel to a portion of the Reading Extension Sewer, revealed both structural and non-structural deficiencies.

In order to address these issues, MWRA has awarded a contract for the design and construction of cured-in-place-pipe rehabilitation and 62 associated manholes and structures. The contractor performing the construction is Green Mountain Pipeline of South Royalton, Vermont.  This work is close to MWRA’s on-going Northern Intermediate High water pipeline project.

MWRA will be holding a meeting to discuss these projects on Tuesday, October 24, 2017. 

The meeting will be held at Stoneham Town Hall at 7:00PM in the Banquet Room.

Neighbors along the alignment of this project will begin to see activity beginning on or around Tuesday, October 10, 2017, including contractor staff walking/inspecting the alignment of the pipe and photographing/surveying the area within the project zone. The actual lining of the pipe will begin sometime in November. A majority of this construction will take place under the surface of the roadway and may not be noticeable on a day to day basis. However, some construction activities will occur above ground along the route.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact MWRA Community Coordinator, Jeffrey McLaughlin at (617) 305-5762 or


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Updated October 3, 2017