Water Infrastructure and Regulation

Many complicated things have to happen for safe, drinkable water to travel from nature and arrive at your home. The physical infrastructure involves pipes, wells, and treatment plants. In addition, a web of laws and regulations try to ensure that the water is free of dangerous levels of pollutants, is distributed according to need, and is not excessively wasted.

Organizations that deal with Acton water:
  • Acton Water District (AWD): a state-chartered government entity that provides water to more than 90% of the households in Acton
  • Water Land Management Advisory Committee (WLMAC): a residents’ committee that advises the Acton Water District and AWD Commissioners (minutes & agendas)
  • Water Resources Advisory Committee (WRAC): a Town committee that advises the Acton Board of Selectmen on water-related issues
  • OARS: a nonprofit organization whose mission is to protect, improve, and preserve the Assabet, Sudbury, and Concord Rivers, and their tributaries and watersheds, for public recreation, water supply, and wildlife habitat. All of Acton falls within the Assabet watershed.