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Lynnfield water superintendent retires after 44 years

A familiar face in Lynnfield is moving on. After 44 years as superintendent of the Lynnfield Center Water District, Kenneth Burnham retired Jan. 2.

“I think it’s time,” Burnham, 75, who has lived in Lynnfield since moving to town as a child in 1950, said in a statement. “Most people get out a lot earlier, but I enjoyed the work so I stayed, and things have really come full circle.”

Lynnfield is served by two water districts — the Lynnfield Center Water District and the Lynnfield Water District, which serves another portion of the town.


Burnham began his tenure as superintendent in 1974 after having run a heavy equipment business. In the more than four decades since, the district has added gravel-packed wells, built a treatment plant on Phillips Road, and expanded service to several residential developments that have been constructed during that time, according to town officials.

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“I’m proud of the fact that we have been able to keep costs down by doing work in-house, and I’ve really enjoyed working with everyone,” Burnham said.

He said he was also proud of the work the district has done to expand and improve service while keeping water rates low.

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