From records obtained from the State, we are currently at 85% of our draw limit allowed from Lake Cochichewick. Between the recently finished developments, those already permitted, and the additional water usage from the additional workers that will fill the Amazon facility and other businesses, we will exceed our draw limit in the VERY near future.
What then? The town's backup plan is to hook into Andover's water system at an increased cost. Andover has some of the most problematic water in the Merrimack Valley. Anyone who has spent time talking to Andover residents knows the horror stories of brown sludge flowing from their taps and appliances that only last half as long as the manufacturer rated. Andover also draws supplemental water from the Merrimack River below Lowell and sewage overflows would become a concern for North Andover residents during severe weather events. Have you heard anyone from the town mention this yet?
We need a plan in place for the infrastructure needed to handle growth, not just continuing to grow blindly. Vote Yes to Pause Over-development June 17, 6pm at the High School.