Newburyport's drinking water comes from both surface water and groundwater supplies. The surface supplies, which provide most of our water (80%), are the Indian Hill Reservoir in West Newbury, the Artichoke Reservoirs in both West Newbury and Newburyport, and the Bartlett Spring Pond in Newburyport. The remaining 20% of our drinking water is supplied by two gravel-packed wells located along Ferry Road in Newburyport. White will discuss our water supply's vulnerabilities and offer some potential short-term and long-term solutions for protecting our reservoirs, watershed and aquifer. These solutions can include protecting the existing water sources through ordinances as well as searching for new sources.
Jon-Eric White has been Newburyport's City Engineer since 2009. Prior to assuming this role he had 20 years of experience as an engineer and project manager at several consulting firms. During that time, he designed and managed many projects for the MWRA’s Boston Harbor Cleanup, including the new wastewater treatment plant on Deer Island. He also worked on the Central Artery Tunnel, the MBTA Commuter Rail Extension into the South Shore, and a number of private commercial and residential development and highway projects throughout the state.
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