1993 Annual Report of the Water District




Annual Report --- September 30, 1993

The new wells and pumps continue to perform well providing coliform bacteria-free water at a cool 52° Fahrenheit. This water has also passed EPA and state water quality tests required regarding inorganic chemicals, organic chemicals radio-nuclides, and pesticides. Extensive distribution line sampling involving 20 test sites for lead and copper also passed. Eighteen of the samples were below detectable limits of the test instrument (< 0.005 mg/1), and two were only 0.006 mg/l(ppm). The lead standard is 0.015 mg/1, whereby 90% of samples must be below that value. Copper was also low ranging from a below detectable limit at two homes (0.05 mg/1) to 0.17 mg/l. The copper standard is 1.3 mg/l.

The state now charges all water systems 1cP per 1000 gallons of water used. This costs the district about 60(P per day or $216.00 per year. The state uses this money to pay people to implement the Federal Safe Drinking Water Act.

Water use averages 60,000 gallons per day and has been recorded as low as 48,000 gallons on occasion. This represents a reduction of 10,000 gallons per day over 1992 when system leaks were repaired.

All hydrants were greased and exercised, and the distribution system was flushed. Hydrant gate values were located and exercised, and several of the valve boxes were raised to grade so they would be accessible. All 33 hydrants had numbers applied to them.

A slight increase in the water rates was authorized by unanimous vote on July 12, 1993, at a Special Meeting. The change removed the 3000 gallons of "free" water from the $30.00 base fee. The flat rate fee was changed slightly. The money is needed for increased water sampling costs, quarterly fees assessed by the state and to pay for a part-time operator.

The Wellhead study is complete except for some agreed upon modifications that are being made to the draft of the report by our consultant, Wagner, Heindel and Noyes, Inc.

The Board purchased a computer. It is expected to be operational for the next billing period. Ed Moore has agreed to assist the clerk in setting things up.

Electric power has been cut off at the Rte. 15 power source to Pump House Number 1 at the Board's request. It can be restored within an hour if this emergency source should ever be needed. This former source would not pass today's standards for well sources without extensive filtration and disinfection. However, it is adequate to serve as a temporary emergency source of water.

Some brush and a few small trees were cut in the vicinity and from on top of the upper buried concrete reservoir by a tree contractor. He also cut several trees that were threatening the two well heads at the main well site.

Browns River Middle School is in the process of changing their hydrants and hydrant service line to meet present day standards. The rear hydrant has already been removed as part of the construction addition to the southeast. Since only a 4 inch line was serving the two hydrants, a 6" or 8" line is being proposed to serve the new hydrant. A new meter and dual check valve backflow preventer have also been designed and is to be installed. The present meters are not working. The Underhill I.D. School installed a new water meter and reduced pressure zone backflow prevention device. This was also at the Board's request.

The 250,000 gallon steel storage tank was inspected by Civil Engineering Associates of Shelburne. This involved going inside the tank to examine the interior and to take pictures. The tank interior is in good shape and there was only 1/16 inch of sediment on the bottom. Some touch-up painting needs to be done on the outside.

There were ten new connections made to the system. Nine were at Valley's Edge development and one was on route 15.

A few customers have reported a faint odor of sulfur dioxide coming from the water. This has also been noted at the control building. The Board is cognizant of this relatively new development and is studying the situation. This gas is not harmful at levels detected and is easily removed by treatment (oxidation).

Existing operators were certified by the state. They are: Marc Maheux, Jim Kenehan, and Harold Sargent. The meter reader changed from Joan Stoddert to Owen Boardman.

Respectfully Submitted,

The Board

John Fowler

Peter Mitchell

Harold Sargent