Pumping Stations

The City of Framingham receives its water from the Massachusetts Water Resources Authority (MWRA) through its MetroWest Tunnel at various locations via water pumping stations. View the MWRA Water Map (JPG) for these locations.

The water pumping stations are used to supply water to a service area to increase the pressure in the mains and supply water to storage tanks to balance the pressure in the distribution system.


The elevated tanks or ground-level tanks provide 9 million gallons of storage capacity for fire flows. They also continue to operate for a period of time during a power outage. View our daily management page to find out about how the pumps are monitored, inspected, maintained, and the storage tanks we have.

Improvements & Upgrades

The Water Department has worked towards improving system assets including added security for the water pumping stations, including:

  • Keypad entry protection
  • Perimeter fencing at stations

The activation by the MWRA of their new state-of-the-art water treatment plant has enabled the city to reduce its water disinfection processes to a level which provides only emergency backup disinfection.