North Dartmouth library leak fixed

Jan 24, 2022

After multiple years of investigation and remedies, water is no longer leaking into the basement of the North Dartmouth library branch, town officials announced at Monday night’s Select Board meeting.

“We are pretty confident the leak has been fixed,” Dartmouth Director of Development Cody Haddad said.

Leaks have been an ongoing issue at the $10.5 million building since its construction.

The library was beset by a variety of construction issues leading up to its delayed opening in January 2020, including a leak in the basement

In February 2021, officials noted that water was still leaking into the basement. To remedy the situation, the committee unanimously approved an $8,770 proposal to fix the leaks along the building’s north wall.

To fix that leak, Quincy-based contractor G & R Construction used a hydrophilic grout injection to create a seal. Despite that fix, water continued to seep into the basement throughout 2021.

After narrowing down what the cause of the leaks could be, Haddad said that recently contractors ran water tests in which no water seeped into the building.

Now, the development director said, the town is working with contractors to address “a few other items” for precautionary measures.

“We feel like we’ve fixed the issue,” he said.

At the same meeting, the Select Board unanimously voted to dedicate the branch’s community room in honor of the late Suzanne McDonald, who spearheaded the creation of the new facility as chair of the Library Building Committee.

Suzanne McDonald, the sister of Select Board Chair Shawn McDonald, passed away in her home on Nov. 28, 2021. She was 62.

Shawn McDonald said he was touched by the town for wanting to memorialize his sister.

“On behalf of my mother, my family, we appreciate this wholeheartedly,” he said. “She’s sorely missed, that’s for sure.”