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Our Water System

Water from the Ipswich River and the three reservoirs is processed by a water filtration plant, operated 24 hours a day, 7 days a week by the Board. The plant removes naturally occurring impurities from the source water, as required by federal regulations and good public health practices, and delivers the water to pumping stations owned by the cities of Salem and Beverly. These pumping stations deliver drinking water to your home in pipes owned and maintained by each City's Water Department.

Before water enters the filtered water reservoir that precedes the pumping stations, it is fluoridated. Fluoride is added to prevent tooth decay/cavities. To maintain corrosion control in the distribution pipes, the Board utilizes a phosphate additive that is designed to optimize corrosion control throughout the distribution system and minimize dissolved lead in the pipes and household plumbing.

Beverly's water mains have interconnections with Salem, Wenham, Danvers, and Manchester. Salem's water mains have interconnections with Beverly, Marblehead and Peabody.