District Headquarters

50 Elm St, Dedham, MA 02026

During Office Hours:

781-329-7090

After Hours Emergency:

781-326-1250

About Us

Hydrant Flushing and Water Main Cleaning starts Tuesday April 20 in Dedham beginning in Greenlodge and Manor areas
Neponset River

About The Dedham-Westwood Water District

Thank you for allowing us to continue providing your family or business with high quality drinking water and water for fire fighting and fire protection.

The Dedham-Westwood Water District is a governmental entity created by the Massachusetts State Legislature in 1985 to operate as an independent, self-supporting unit of local government. Rates are set by the Board of Water Commissioners to cover all costs of delivering public water supply in compliance with all federal and state requirements including the federal Safe Drinking Water Act. Policy is also set by the Board, a six member commission with three commissioners from both Dedham and Westwood, appointed by the Select Boards of both Towns. Public meetings are held each month at the District’s office at 50 Elm Street in Dedham, generally the second and last Tuesday evenings each month. Dates and times of meetings are posted at both town halls and on this site. All customers are encouraged to attend these meetings.

In our continuing efforts to maintain a safe and dependable water supply, it will be necessary to continuously improve your water system. We ask that all our customers help us protect our water sources, which are at the heart of our community, our way of life and our children’s future. Important educational information on resource protection, conservation, and other current issues is included in the District’s newsletter mailed with bills or posted on our customer portal.

Today, the Dedham-Westwood Water District supplies over 13,000 service connections to approximately 40,000 people through 212 miles of main. On an average day the District pumps about 4.25 million gallons of water from seventeen groundwater wells, six in Westwood and eleven in Dedham.

A History of the Dedham-Westwood Water District

The Dedham Water Company was founded by an act of incorporation through the Legislature in 1876 recognizing a need for a public water supply for the townspeople of Dedham. According to the First Annual Report, no significant action was taken, however, until 1881 when funds were appropriated to hire an engineer after “the recurrence of successive dry seasons…

Environmental Information

The DWWD is committed to operations that foster a sustainable future and lead to improvements in both the Dedham and Westwood communities.

Learn more below.

Rules & Regulations and Water Rates and Fees

AS APPROVED BY THE DEDHAM-WESTWOOD WATER DISTRICT BOARD OF WATER COMMISSIONERS 6/07/2022

Board of Water District Commissioners

The six District Water Commissioners are appointed for three year staggered terms, three by the Dedham Select Board and three by the Westwood Select Board. They typically meet twice per month.

Town of Dedham

Robert M. Lexander – Vice Chair

Robert was an employee of the Dedham-Westwood Water District for 41 years, with the last 19 of his career holding the position of Production Superintendent.  He is a licensed water operator holding his Water Treatment Grade 4 and Water Distribution Grade 4 licenses through the Massachusetts Division of Occupational licensure.

Eric L. Merithew 

Appointed to the Water Commission in 2021, Eric is a graduate of WPI and UMass Medical School with a PhD in biochemistry.  He works as a consultant and service manager for the municipal and industrial water and wastewater industry with a broad range of experience in treatment, distribution and revenue optimization.  He lives in Dedham with his wife Jennifer and two children Ethan and Grace.

John M. Healy

John was appointed as a Water commissioner in April of 2022.

Town of Westwood

Gary A. Yessaillian

Appointed to the Water Commission in 2016, Gary works in the high tech industry and has been involved in various Westwood civic activities.

James C. Fox – Chair

Serving as a Commissioner since September 2018, he is a lawyer and partner at Ruberto, Israel and Weiner. Rob, a graduate of  Emory University and Boston University Law School.

Andrew H. Kara – Clerk

Andrew was appointed a Commissioner in December of 2020.  He is an attorney and partner at the law firm, Rubin & Rudman LLP.  He is also a Board Member of Commonwealth Cooperative Bank.  He is a graduate of The College of the Holy Cross and Suffolk University Law School. He lives in Westwood with his wife and two (2) daughters.

There will be a Board of Water Commissioners Special Business Meeting on Thursday June 30, 2022 at 6:30 PM.  This meeting will be virtual only. Please see the agenda page, which is posted when available, for more information including exemptions for executive session and joining instructions.
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