The state Department of Environmental Protection had ordered the testing after it said the Water Department failed over three years to consistently use a soda ash additive to adjust the water's pH to prevent corrision. The additive is designed to adjust the pH to 7 or higher
Officials say the city's water is safe, but residents with compromised immune systems are still being cautioned after three water samples came up positive for total coliform bacteria.
According to a letter mailed to residents from the Water Department, random testing in June turned up positive samples of coliform bacteria. However, the department says samples taken from the same sites the next day came up negative.
The Selectmen on Wednesday approved $63,000 in reserve fund transfers to make repairs and state-mandated updates to the wastewater treatment plant.
Town Administrator Tony Mazzucco said the funds would fix neglected maintenance projects and leaks at the plant as well as get the its second clarifier up and running.
The Selectmen approved a fiscal 2017 budget of $14,567,135 that includes state-mandated tweaks to the wastewater treatment plant.
After the joint Selectmen and Finance Committee budget sessions last week, the Selectmen voted Wednesday to accept the budget with the addition of a $63,950 state Department of Environmental Protection-mandated position at the wastewater treatment plant.