2010 Annual Report


Annual Report

Board of Trustees

of the

Jericho-Underhill Water District

P.O. Box 174

Underhill, Vermont 05489

October 1, 2009 to September 30, 2010

                During the past fiscal year four new residential customers were connected to the system. At present the  Jericho-Underhill Water District provides drinking water and fire hydrant access to approximately 315 connections representing 800 people within the District. During the past year drinking water supplied to the District averaged 50,200 gallons per day, which is 3.8% less than the average of the past few years. During this period the results of Vermont State required water tests consistently met water quality standards.

                On May 12, 2009 the voters of the District had authorized several projects to be financed by an ARRA (American Recovery and Reconstruction Act) loan of $145,000 of which 57% was to be repaid with federal stimulus money.  These projects have been the main focus of the District Board and Staff for the past year and a half. Using this stimulus money the District has been able to 1) replace the water main under the Brown’s River to make it less vulnerable to damage by flooding, and stream bed shifting or erosion, 2) install an automatic chlorine sampling system to meet more stringent chemical monitoring requirements, 3) install a backup generator for the Poker Hill tank location, 4) install a backup generator for the District control building, 5) upgrade or replace all District water meters for outside reading. These projects are all essentially complete and operational, and were done within the authorized budget of $145,000.  These projects make the District more sustainable and less vulnerable to utility outages and weather conditions

                System operation, repair and maintenance during the year included replacing a damaged fire hydrant, repairing a damaged blow-off hydrant, replacing an inoperable shutoff valve, pressure testing a new section of main, investigating incidents of water discoloration or odor, looking for system leaks, routine system flushing, hydrant painting, coordinating with Vermont Gas Systems on their installations, repairing water treatment injection pumps and equipment, and other routine tasks.

                In addition to daily and weekly water testing, the District, due to past complaints, tested quarterly for hydrogen sulfide; none was detected. The results of annual testing of the Poker Hill Tank for volatile organic compounds (VOC’s) for the past years have been more than satisfactory. As a result the District has been authorized to decrease its testing rate for VOC’s to once every three years.       

                 The Board is proud to have received an award for the conduct of the District fluoridation program. The Board wishes to thank its employees and volunteers for their work through out the year. The Board especially thanks Marc Maheux, the District Chief Operator, for his extra work to coordinate and complete the ARRA stimulus funded projects. Also, the Board congratulates Sara Ritter, the District Assistant Operator for completing her certification as a Class 3 Operator.

                If you are a resident of the District who would be interested in serving the District as a trustee, officer, employee, or volunteer please contact the Board. The Board asks District residents and customers to report water related irregularities such as leaks, wet spots, pressure swings, taste concerns, color concerns, etc. In the past customer reports have been key to finding leaks and solving problems.

                The District website is located at http://jerichounderhillwater.org and contains information including regulations, test results, and water usage reports. The Board holds regular monthly, public meetings on the first Monday of each month. These meetings are held at 7:00pm in the basement of the United Church of Underhill located at 7 Park Street in Underhill Flats across from the town green. Residents and voters of the District are welcome and encouraged to attend.

Respectfully submitted,

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Peter H. Mitchell, President                Richard H. Eldred, Trustee                Joseph P. O’Brien, Trustee

Dated: November 1, 2010