COVID-19 Coronavirus Information
All Town of Longmeadow COVID-19 Coronavirus Updates will be posted below.
- Longmeadow Announces Additional Social Distancing Measures to Slow the Spread of COVID-19 Coronavirus - March 26, 2020
Tennis courts, basketball courts and play structures will be closed Friday, March 27, 2020. Signage on social distancing will be placed at parks and athletic fields.
- First Confirmed Case of COVID-19 Coronavirus Confirmed in Longmeadow - March 25, 2020
The Town of Longmeadow confirmed today that there is one positive case of COVID-19 in the community.
- Update on COVID-19 Coronavirus in Longmeadow - March 19, 2020
The Select Board declared a state of emergency and a listing of town actions.
- Select Board Declares a State of Emergency in Longmeadow - March 16, 2020
The Select Board voted to declare a state of emergency in Longmeadow. The declaration was done to assure that Town has all available resources at its disposal to combat the spread of the novel coronavirus.
Please register for Code Red Emergency Notifications and the app.
- Public Service Announcement from Town Manager Lyn N. Simmons, Emergency Management Director John Dearborn and Superintendent of Schools Marty O’Shea - March 13, 2020
- Governor Baker suspend certain provisions of the Open Meeting Law related to remote participation - March 12, 2020
- Updates regarding Governor Baker’s State of Emergency, changes to group gatherings and Board and Committee meetings - March 11, 2020
Group gatherings limited to 50 people or less, non-essential board and committee meetings postponed, Storrs Library closed, Council on Aging programming canceled.
- Governor Baker Declares State of Emergency - March 10, 2020
- Multi-Disciplinary Task Force and website created to monitor the COVID-19 Coronavirus situation and plan and prepare for any potential impact to Longmeadow - March 3, 2020
- Mass.gov COVID-19 Coronavirus
- CDC Case Information
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IMPORTANT NOTIFICATION FROM THE LONGMEADOW WASTEWATER DEPARTMENT
While our public agencies encourage residents to follow the Center for Disease Control recommendations to clean surfaces with disinfecting wipes to reduce the spread of COVID-19, it is important to discard those items in the trash, not the toilet.
Flushing wipes, paper towels and similar products down toilets will clog sewers and cause major backups and overflows in our distribution system and residents homes, creating an additional public health risk in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic. Even wipes labeled “flushable” will clog pipes and interfere with the sewage collection system throughout the Town.
Wastewater treatment facilities and pumping stations around the state already are reporting issues with their sewer management collection systems. We are asking residents to not discard wipes in the toilet, but instead to throw them in the trash to avoid backups and overflows. Longmeadow’s sewage collection system depends on gravity and enough water flow to move along human waste and biodegradable toilet paper. The system was not designed for these types of disinfectant wipes and paper towels.
The wipes and paper towels do not break down like toilet paper, and therefore clog systems quickly.
Wipes are among the leading causes of sewer system backups, impacting sewer and treatment plant pumps and treatment systems. Many spills go into our rivers and oceans where they have broad ranging impacts on public-health and the environment. Preventing sewer spills is important, especially during this COVID-19 emergency, for the protection of public health and the environment.
Please do not flush disinfectant wipes or paper towels down the toilet
Peter W. Thurber
Assistant DPW Director
IMPORTANT UPDATE FROM LONGMEADOW WATER DEPARTMENT
Changes and Reduction in Services During COVID-19 Pandemic
Longmeadow’s top priority is the continuous and reliable delivery of drinking water service, which is critical to daily life and public health. Due to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, the Longmeadow Water Department is implementing several precautionary measures to protect the health and safety of essential staff that operate and maintain the public drinking water system. All operations related to drinking water treatment will continue and customers can be assured that their drinking water is safe and can be consumed and used as normal. According to a technical brief issued by the World Health Organization (WHO) on March 3, 2020, COVID-19 has not been shown to be transmitted via drinking water. The drinking water system will remain safe and operational amid any local outbreak.
These actions are intended to mitigate potential exposure to our employees and customers and maintain continuity of daily operations.
In-Person and Non-Essential Services Suspended
Effective Friday, March 20, 2020, the following non-essential services will be suspended until further notice:
- In-home or on-site routine inspections
- Water meter profiles
- Pressure checks
- Water Quality complaints
(Final water meter reads for real estate transactions will still continue as normal)
The Longmeadow Water Department’s priority is to maintain the continuous and reliable operation of the drinking water distribution system for the general population. DPW crews will continue to respond to any water emergencies (water main breaks, etc.) that arise in the system as normal.
Water emergencies on private properties will be addressed by the Water Department on a case-by-case basis as far as crews are able to address from the outside or by referring the customers to private contractors. DPW crews will not enter privately owned homes, buildings or facilities to make repairs until further notice, unless in an emergency situation. Crews will not enter if any members of the household are currently symptomatic and/or self-quarantined.
Customer service representatives for billing/account inquiries and field services will continue to be available by telephone and email to assist customers.
- For billing/account questions, customers can contact us by telephone at 413-567-3400 or by email at email@example.com.
- For water emergencies customers and contractors can call 413-567-3400 from 7:30am-3:00pm or Longmeadow Police Department at 413-567-3311. Water emergencies will be prioritized
The Longmeadow Water Department will continue to update customers on any further changes in services due to COVID-19.
Peter W. Thurber
Assistant DPW Director