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Egremont Water Department takes steps to respond to DEP violations

(Hannah Shirley) The Egremont Select Board.

EGREMONT — The town water department’s sanitary rating given by the state Department of Environmental Protection was downgraded from “adequate” to “conditional” following their semi-annual March 13 inspection — a fact that the select board didn’t find out until June 25.

A letter from the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) detailed the five violations found during the inspection, none of which affected the water quality or the department’s ability to deliver safe drinking water to the approximately 170 Egremont and Great Barrington households they serve.

Egremont Water Commissioner Steve Agar characterized all of the violations as “administrative.”

The two most significant violations were the lack of a capital improvement plan and staffing without proper licensure, said Agar.

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