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Town water deemed clean

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Mattapoisett’s water received a clean bill of health in the town’s annual water-quality report for 2012, said Water and Sewer Department Superintendent William T. Nicholson. “The only things that are on the list are anything that showed any reading at all, and those are all well within allowable limits,” he said. “There are many others not on the list because they weren’t detected at all.” Testing, which is conducted routinely through the year, detected sodium, nitrate, chloroform, lead, and copper, but well within allowable limits, he said. Other testing for 56 volatile organic chemicals and 13 inorganic chemicals resulted in no detection, he said. All of the town’s drinking water comes from four wells in the Mattapoisett River Valley Aquifer, he said, adding, “We’re very fortunate where those sources are — rural, undeveloped land that’s never had commercial businesses.” Over the years, the town has also bought hundreds of acres around the wells to protect them, he said. For the full report, visit and scroll to the links under “Town News.”

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