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Discolored Water 11/28/16

The Groton Water Department has released some information in regards to reports of discolored water. There was a fire in town early Sunday morning. The opening of the fire hydrant and flows within the distribution system caused the discolored water for many residents. This unfortunately, was unavoidable, and we apologize for the inconvenience.

Due to the drought this year, we could not flush the water distribution system this fall. As a result, you may experience periodic episodes of dirty water until spring. The aquifer levels have improved slightly, but are not at a point where we could flush millions of gallons over a 10 or 12 day period to flush the system.

If you experience dirty and/or discolored water, we recommend that you open a few cold water faucets at the same time for about five or ten minutes. This will clean any dirty water you may have in your internal plumbing and/or in your outside water service line. The clearing time may vary for homes that are further from street. If you have a water filter, you may need to change this more frequently until we flush the system in the spring. If you have persistent dirty or discolored water, please call the water office during normal business hours so we can schedule a technician to visit your home.


The Town of Groton has submitted FY2017 property values to the Department of Revenue’s Bureau of Local Assessment for certification.  The proposed values are pending preliminary certification and are available for review in our office or online HERE.

The FY2017 proposed values are as of January 1, 2016. A statistical analysis of all valid sales transacted during calendar year 2015 was the basis for the revaluation of single family homes and condominiums. A two year period of sales was used for Commercial and Industrial values.

The average single family residential property assessment per the 2015 sales for FY2017 is $462,500, an increase of 7% from the average single family assessment for FY2016. 

The public disclosure period will be in effect starting November 28, 2016 ending December 2, 2016.   Appeals may be made during this disclosure period. The values can be reviewed at the Assessor’s Office, 173 Main St in Groton, MA. Office hours are Monday 8:00am to 7:00pm, Tuesday-Thursday 8:00am to 4:00pm and Friday 8:00am – 1:00 P.M. and a printout will be at the Groton Public Library. Also the new valuation will be available on the town web site.  Any questions on valuation should be directed to the Assessor’s Office at 978-448-1127.

Groton Woman’s Club’s Annual Greens Sale on 12/03
Planning for the Groton Woman’s Club’s Annual Greens Sale on December 3rd  is well underway as members having worked throughout the summer to prepare beautiful clusters and ribbons to  decorate the wonderful variety  of wreaths that are always a sellout. Held at the Williams Barn on Saturday, December 3rd  from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., the sale will also feature boxwood trees, swags, centerpieces, kissing balls, ornaments, holiday cookies, and  a raffle for  a decorated antique sled along with very special handmade Quilt Raffle.

This is an extremely popular event and the variety of decorations is amazing….Be sure to come early for the best selection. 

Proceeds from the Greens Sale go towards a scholarship for students at Groton-Dunstable Regional High School and Groton students from Nashoba Technical High School and the Parker Charter School.

Groton Presidential Election Tally Sheet - Nov. 8th 2016
For the full Groton presidential election tally sheet please click here.

Annual Veteran's Day Ceremony
The annual Veteran’s Day Ceremony will be held on Veteran’s Day, Friday, November 11th, 2016 at 11:00 a.m. (11-11 @ 11) at the Groton Fire Station at 45 Farmer's Row Groton, MA. Please come and help us honor those brave men and women who have served and sacrificed so that we may appreciate and enjoy the many freedoms we have. 

2016 / 2017 CPA Schedule

Below is the schedule for the Community Preservation Committee deadlines:

2016-2017 Community Preservation Plan released by:
September 30, 2016
Submission of a two-page Required Project Summary (RPS): November 10, 2016
Verbal Feedback regarding RPS: November 28, 2016
Deadline for Complete Draft Proposals submitted to CPC no later than 4:00pm on January 26, 2017
Public Hearing to discuss feedback on CDPs: February 27, 2017
Written feedback to be provided to Applicants: March 10, 2017
Deadline for Final Proposal no later than 4:00 p.m. on March 16, 2017. No further changes accepted.
Vote at Spring Town Meeting: April 24, 2017

Board of Health - West Nile Virus Information
The Groton Board of Health would like to share a press release provided by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health regarding Mosquito born West Nile Virus. Recently 3 additional cases were found in Middlesex County in Massachusetts. To view recommended precautions and the entire press release Click Here.

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Senior Center Feasibility Analysis
The Council on Aging has released the feasibility analysis that was recently done in regards to planning for a potential new Senior Center and can be viewed online here. This document is expected to be referenced as discussions about a potential new Senior Center by the COA continue.

8/9/16 Water Ban Issued for Irrigation

The Board of Water Commissioners voted on August 4, 2016, to institute a complete water ban on all lawn watering and lawn irrigation until further notice.

Middlesex County and Groton, MA is listed as being in a “SEVERE DROUGHT” by the Department of Environmental Protection. The “Drought Watch” status is due to the lack of precipitation over the past 12 to 18 months. This has left our aquifers at extremely “low” levels. In addition, we are seeing increased summer demands for lawn watering. This puts pumping capabilities at our wells at a critical point that we must continue to monitor and address daily. The Groton Water Department understands that this restriction is severe, but we need sufficient supplies of water for every day needs such as cooking and bathing and fire protection. The long term forecast for the next 30 to 45 days is for very little precipitation. 

Customers not complying with the new restrictions may be levied with a fine of $50.00 for the first offense and $100.00 for the second offense and/or terminated from service.

Approved uses are as follows:

  1. Hand held watering or slow drip irrigation of flower or food gardens and newly planted trees and shrubs.
  2. Charitable car washes as approved by the Water Superintendent
  3. Institutional watering of athletic fields as approved by the Water Superintendent
  4. Water customarily used in construction as approved by the Water Superintendent
  5. Water used in the agriculture.
  6. All other specific uses as approved in writing by the Water Superintendent on a case by case basis

Washing of cars and filling and/or topping off of swimming pools is prohibited.

If you have any questions regarding this year’s Water Conservation Program, please do not hesitate to contact our offices, Monday through Friday during normal business hours at 978-448-1122.

Visual Budget Live
For many people the Town's budget is a large document that is hard to understand to see where your tax dollars are going. We are happy to try to present our budget in a more user friendly view. Numbers within, are actual end of year numbers reported by our accounting software and we will be updating this page after the close of each fiscal year. Click Here to view the Visual Budget.

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