1 April 2019 – It is that time of year again, with the phone ringing off the hook, from far and wide, people are itching to get back to the Boothbay peninsula. We here at the Boothbay Region Water District understand our role; nothing much happens until the seasonal water is turned on.. Each year we have to establish water service by 1 May, a date even in the harshest winter, we have never missed.
That said, as of today we are a long way from having the seasonal water system up and running. The first step in the process is to inspect the water mains and repair obvious winter damage. Next we will flood the system and flush it very hard. Next we add a very powerful disinfectant which will kill any lingering pathogens, the system is flushed again and then tested for the absence of pathogens. Assuming only a few “curve balls” that may slow us down, at this point we can begin installing our 1,800 seasonal customer meters. Today is day #1!!
Today we began the process of of looking over the 74-mile seasonal water system looking for obvious damage as the pipes emerge from the snow pack. The next few weeks will be busy so check back often for reports showing how we are coming in bringing you seasonal water service.
8 April 2019 – Surprise!! it is snowing out. That said the long-term prognosis as far as the weather is concerned, shows temperatures improving. That said we are well into the process of making necessary repairs to the seasonal water distribution system. The game-plan for this week is to make sure the system is sound and begin the flooding, flushing and disinfection process (as well as fixing the inevitable spectacular geysers from unseen damage!) towards the end of the week. We will again post once we begin flooding process so check back frequently…..
11 April 2019 – Well for our customers that are in warmer climates, we just endured 2 days of snow and freezing temperatures; it was quite disheartening! That said the sun is out and the weather is pleasant today. More importantly, the weather outlook for the foreseeable future is good from a minimum temperature perspective. Today we are beginning the flooding/flushing/disinfecting/flushing process which should take several days to complete along our 74-mile seasonal water distribution system. The good news is that the start-up process has begun. We cannot stress enough that the water within our seasonal mains, is not safe to drink, or use in any way, and may contain high levels of disinfectant chlorine, please do not tamper with the seasonal water mains. Keep checking in, a matrix will be posted either tonight or tomorrow showing our progress.
15 April 2019 – It has been a crazy start to getting the seasonal water system up and running this year. Talk about some epic geysers!!! Anyway by the end of today all of that should be repaired and the system will be loaded with heavily chlorinated water (necessary to deactivate any pathogens that may be present in the water mains), with the chlorine settling for a night to do its thing. Tomorrow we are looking at heavy flushing with analytical testing to follow. Please stay tuned….
17 April 2019 – Yesterday was an excellent day in the start-up process. All repairs that need to be made right now are complete and the system has been dosed for disinfection and left to flush. This morning our Treatment Staff will be fanning out early, to collect water samples which will be rushed to the lab and checked for the absence of pathogens. This test takes twenty-four hours to complete, so for the remainder of the day we will continue more long-term repairs on the seasonal water system, but we are in a holding pattern with seasonal water installation until we hear from our lab. Stay tuned, things are starting to move forward now!
18 April 2019 – Good news, all of the water samples taken yesterday came back negative which means meters will start being placed this morning. Technicians will fan out across the seasonal water distribution network in that each has a specific route. The plan now is to work today and tomorrow placing as many meters as possible. WE WILL NOT BE WORKING OVER EASTER WEEKEND but will finish the seasonal start-up next week. We plan to update then matrix early tomorrow morning to reflect today’s progress and late Friday evening to show progress made on Friday. Please check back to follow our progress.
19 April 2019, 0712 hr. – Overall we had a good start to seasonal meter placement yesterday. We are out in-force today, Good Friday, and will have much more progress to report this evening.
19 April 2019, 1835 hr. – We have made good progress today and will be back at it, in force, bright and early Monday morning. Have a great Easter weekend.
22 April 2019 – We had a very good day yesterday and are now coming down the home stretch… Keep positive thoughts!!!
23 April 2019 – Good progress made on Tuesday, with a little good Karma we will finish within 24-hours.
24 April 2019 – Today will be the final day in the seasonal water start-up process. All that remains are a few roads in East Boothbay and Boothbay Harbor; the rest of the system is up and running. We anticipate a final message this evening alerting all customers to 100% availability of seasonal water.. Please send positive thoughts.
Note: Due to severe winter damage, the Squirrel Island water main will not be charged until approximately 1 May 2019 due to marine contractor availability and therefore Squirrel Island will not have water service this upcoming weekend.