Drinking Water Contamination in Charlton: Education and Solutions

During our Interactive Qualifying Project we investigated the extent and implications of ground water contamination in Charlton. We searched for possible solutions to the issues presented in our findings. The main deliverable of our project was an educational component that will be composed of several videos. These videos focused on the current situation in Charlton and the need for independent water testing.

Project Sponsor:

Our project sponsor was Robin Craver, the Town Administrator of Charlton, MA.  She agreed to a 30 million dollar settlement with ExxonMobil for MTBE contamination in Charlton’s ground water.

Craver

Town Administrator, Robin Craver

Charlton-City-Hall

Charlton, MA Town Hall

 

 

 

 

 

 

Student Researchers:

Charlton, MA Project Group; left to right : Jacob Grealis, Tristam Winship, Blake Rice, James Gadoury

Charlton, MA Project Group; left to right : Jacob Grealis, Tristam Winship, Blake Rice, James Gadoury

Our project team consisted of the following members:

  • James Gadoury, Aerospace Engineering 2017
  • Jacob Grealis, Mechanical Engineering 2018
  • Blake Rice, Aerospace Engineering  2018
  • Tristam Winship, Aeronautical Engineering 2018

 

Project Goal:

Inform Charlton residents on implications of Charlton’s water contamination, methods of independent water testing, the benefits of connecting to town water, and approaches for Charlton residents to decontaminate their private wells.

Objectives:

  1. Assessed Charlton’s drinking water sources, methods of well testing, and treatment.
  2. Gauged public awareness of Charlton’s drinking water contamination.
  3. Researched strategies to identify and mitigate contamination in private wells.
  4. Developed a list of recommendations for Charlton residents and officials.
  5. Produced two informational videos for Charlton residents.
Points of Contamination: Red (1,4 Dioxane); Yellow/Blue (MtBE)

Points of Contamination: Red (1,4 Dioxane); Yellow/Blue (MtBE)

Informing Charlton, MA of the project on the Dick Von show; tvcharlton

Informing Charlton, MA of the project on the Dick Von show; tvcharlton

In-Person Surveys: Charlton Senior Center, Teds, Oxford Market Basket

Table with Poster, Surveys, and Brochures