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East Northfield Water Co. wins award

NORTHFIELD — The company that provides drinking water for more than half the town has been honored by the state Department of Environmental Protection.

The East Northfield Water Co. was given the “source protection award” Tuesday, during a ceremony for the DEP’s Public Water Systems Awards.

The private company gets its water from Grandin Reservoir. The pond is secreted away in the northeast side of town, surrounded by thousands of acres of forest.

Its 300-acre watershed is completely contained within the 1,650-acre Northfield Forest, owned by the Northfield Mount Hermon School, which also owns the water company. The company has 270 year-round customers and 63 additional seasonal customers.

The school, which formerly operated a campus in Northfield, has been in talks with national nonprofit Trust for Public Land, which aims to help secure a conservation restriction on the property and find a new operator of the water system.

The company shares its honors with the Cambridge, North Brookfield and Sharon water departments. The awards served as a kickoff to National Drinking Water Week.

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