Water and Sewer Commission highlights importance of water infrastructure

Treatment plant in Westfield provides water for 250,000 customers in Hampden County

WESTFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – There’s a good chance you drink or use the water the Springfield Water Commission treats. So 22News went to Westfield and got an up close look at how water is treated and filtered.

At the Springfield Sewer and Water Commission, 60 million gallons of water are filtered per day, serving over 250,000 customers in western Massachusetts. Inside their lab, they test 50,000 water samples each year. To keep your water safe, it costs a lot of money.

Joyce Mulvaney, the public communications manager for the Commission explained that “In Massachusetts alone the Massachusetts Water Infrastructure Finance Commission estimated that the funding gap for needed water and waste water investments at $21.4 billion dollars over the next 20 years.”

The tour was part of a national campaign “Imagine a Day Without Water,” a public education effort focused on how essential water is and the need for investments in infrastructure to make sure the water is safe and clean.

The Commission provides water to Springfield and Ludlow and wholesale water to Agawam, East Longmeadow and Longmeadow.  It also provides peak and emergency water to Wilbraham, West Springfield, Westifled, Southwick and Chicopee.

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