Saturday – 25 April 2020
We even could not be topped by a global pandemic, as of this morning the seasonal water system is up and running with all customers, with the exception of Massachusetts Road in Boothbay Harbor which will be completed by contract well ahead of the May 1 deadline. This is no joke, seasonal water turn-on was a tough and grinding job this year. Like our previous report praising the “Blue Crew,” if you happen to see our “Gold Crew” members, Dale Harmon, Distribution Foreman; Utility Technicians Shawn Simmons & Taylor Timberlake; and John Orne, Chief Treatment Plant Operator; give them a thumbs-up! They did one heck of job finishing off this enormous task. Also, if you should call the office, Customer Service Representative, Mike Hills also did an excellent job organizing and supporting the seasonal start-up this year as well as answering all customer questions accurately and in a timely manner. Your water district staff is the best in the business!!!
Stay safe, keep social distance, and quarantine as required by state authorities. Oh yes, have a great summer season as well!
Friday – 24 April 2020
We are nearing the completion of seasonal water service installation for the entire seasonal system, with the exception of Massachusetts Road in Boothbay Harbor, which requires more work and will be completed early next week. Please check in tonight for the “hopefully” final report for seasonal water start-up.
Thursday – 23 April 2020
We will not say we are in the “home stretch” but we are definitely in the “clubhouse turn”. The “Gold Crew” made significant progress yesterday and are stocked up and on the road as of the time of this posting with truckloads of meters ready to install. Please stay tuned!!!
Wednesday – 22 April 2020
Once the samples were reported to be clean the “Gold Crew” hit the ground running and did a very well.. We are well on our way to meeting the 1 May 2020 deadline with what looks like, time to spare (knock on wood!). Again, the district can not stress enough, please keep social distance from district staff as the work to complete the seasonal start-up. We truly understand the importance of seasonal water in this region, particularly in the face of this COVID -19 pandemic, and are doing everything we possibly can to complete our task in a safe, efficient and timely manner. Keeping our staff healthy is a huge key to our success!!
Tuesday – 21 April 2020
SAMPLES CAME BACK CLEAN…. We are off to the races now to finish off our meter installations, check back tomorrow to see progress made. As earlier mentioned, the plan now is to keep going, working every day until the system is completely up and running.
Monday – 20 April 2020
All remaining seasonal mains have been disinfected and flushed. We will be taking samples this morning and rushing them to the laboratory for analysis. Please remember the test takes 24-hours and we should hear tomorrow the results. Once clean samples have been delivered the remaining meters will be going out. Thanks for your patience and check in tomorrow, late morning for our next status report.
Saturday – 18 April 2020
We hit our objective yesterday by fully flooding the remainder of the seasonal water system. The mains currently being worked on have a high concentration of disinfectant and are clearing the water mains of pathogens. We will begin flushing tomorrow.. Stay tuned…
Friday – 17 April 2020
Yesterday went very well. The new Barters Island water main tie-in was completed and Barters Island was charged. There was a surprise however, as Utilities Technician Shawn Simmons reported, he had a “Gushah!!!!” on the island. The repair took most of the day and slowed his progress somewhat, but by days end, had the island filled.
Work on Southport Island began with much success.. It is anticipated that as of tonight the Island water mains will be full with a heavy dose of disinfectant introduced to kill any pathogens that may have found there way into the water mains over the winter.
Over the upcoming weekend the water mains, once filled, are going to be left full with disinfectant, with full out flushing to begin on Sunday. on Monday, 20 April 2020 we plan to sample our mains for the absence of pathogens. Tentatively, as of now, if the samples come back clean (a 24-hour test), the plan is to begin installing water meters on Tuesday 21 April 2020 and continue that process until complete (as Bill Belichick says “No Days Off!“)
Thursday – 16 April 2020
As previously reported, we switched crew’s yesterday and began the process of turning on the seasonal water for the remainder of our seasonal customers. Yesterday all labor was directed to the Barters Island Bridge wherein staff began the “tie in” process of a new submarine water main feeding Barters Island. This work consumed most of the day, with a small amount of work remaining today.
Moving forward district staff will begin flooding and disinfecting the remainder of seasonal water mains in the district’s seasonal distribution system. Tentatively our remaining schedule for the 2020 seasonal water start-up will be: flooding of the water mains; disinfection of the water mains; flushing; and sampling. We will be posting our next report tomorrow but in all likelihood water meters will not begin to be set until Tuesday, 21 April 2020. Please follow along with our reports to check progress. Stay Safe!!!
Tuesday – 14 April 2020, 1720 hr.
The first half of seasonal water turn-on is now complete. The next update will be on Thursday morning, 16 April 2020. Please stay tuned!
Tuesday – 14 April 2020
Today is the last day with the “Blue Crew”, who, by days end will have completed all of the seasonal turn-on responsibilities they have. Special shout out to Assistant Distribution Foreman, Trevor Morin; Utilities Technicians Aaron Durgan and Troy Gauthier; and Treatment Plant Operator, Weston Alley for a job well done! Give them a thumbs up if you should see any of them around town.
The “Gold Crew” (sorry old navy submariner term) will be on-duty to begin the process of completing the seasonal turn-on tomorrow, 15 April 2020. With the progress made thus far, under severely challenging circumstances, the Boothbay Region Water District sees no reason, at this time, to apply for an extension of the seasonal start date, 1 May 2020, from the Maine Public Utilities Commission, unless severe unforeseen circumstances are encountered during the next week or two. Please keep following our progress.
Monday – 13 April 2020
We continue to make good progress with the routes of the current, on-duty technicians nearing the end of their routes. There will be a switch in technicians on-duty beginning Wednesday morning to begin the turn-on process for the remainder of the system. So far, so good!
Sunday – 12 April 2020
Happy Easter, start-up work continues…..
Saturday – 11 April 2020
Despite the lousy weather yesterday we made very good progress. Warm weather is predicted, exposing more services and crews are out working a long-day today. Check in tomorrow to see progress.
Friday – 10 April 2020 -1000 hr.
Samples passed and meters will start going out when the snow melts a little. Remember this effort will continue through the weekend! Stay Tuned!!!
Friday – 10 April 2020
Most of the seasonal services off of year round water mains for the zones currently being turned on were established yesterday. In addition, bacteriological water samples were taken this morning off of the seasonal water distribution system currently up and operating, we should hear results from the independent lab this morning. If all goes well we will start establishing services off the seasonal water system today. However mother nature through us a serious curve-ball last night with a freak snow storm, trees are down everywhere and the snow is deep enough to hide services, ultimately slowing the process down. The good news is that the temps are supposed to clime and we should be getting rain today which should eliminate the snow rather quickly. As reported yesterday, work will progress through the weekend. Keep checking in for future developments.
Thursday – 9 April 2020
We made good progress flushing and disinfecting the water mains we have open. In addition we began working on seasonal water services off of year-round water mains. This morning compliance samples for testing the water mains free of pathogens will occur, please keep fingers crossed as for we will have results tomorrow morning. When the samples come back clean (24-hour test) meters off of the seasonal water mains will become the first priority. We will be working through weekends and Easter to get the first half of the system complete. Please follow along and many thanks to our seasonal customers for allowing more than adequate social distancing from staff.
Wednesday – 8 April 2020
Good progress made yesterday, with the technicians on-duty reporting there routes all filled and disinfecting. We will be flushing the routes very hard today and drawing bacteriological samples this afternoon. The samples take 24-hours to be processed so in the meantime, district staff will concentrate on setting up seasonal services off of year-round water mains. Next report tomorrow morning.
Tuesday – 7 April 2020
We made respectable progress yesterday and have hit the ground running. Because of the reduced staffing caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, we are planning to work seven-days per week until this process is complete. Again, many thanks to our customers for their patience and maintaining a safe distance from district staff, it is very much appreciated.
Monday – 6 April 2020
Hello Seasonal Customers, Today we are starting up the seasonal water system, in part. The first Seasonal Water Start-up Matrix will be posted tomorrow morning showing today’s progress. Please remember, we are only working on one-half of the system at a time, but moving the process along as fast as we can.
Special thanks to our seasonal customers served off year round water mains. Since our last post we have received multiple calls to turn on homes that have been empty for 4 to 6-months and will have them on as soon as we can!! Thanks so much for your patience, understanding and respect for our staff.
We have a good stretch of weather and hope to make good progress this week. Stay tuned!!!!!
Thursday – 2 April 2020
BOOTHBAY REGION WATER DISTRICT SEASONAL WATER CUSTOMERS
PLEASE READ THOROUGHLY
After many conversations with the State of Maine, the Boothbay peninsula municipal leaders have opted not to petition the Maine Public Utilities Commission to extend the date of seasonal turn-on. That said, I will most likely be petitioning the state for an extra time to stay in compliance with state law as a precautionary measure; the 1 May 2020 date for all customers to be in-service, as of now, will be tough target to hit and a little wiggle room to stay in compliance with state law may be necessary.
Why? As of this morning the Boothbay Region Water District went to ½ staff manning, on a 14-day rotation. This unprecedented action is to ensure the district, and the critical public health function it provides, remains in service. If staffed as normal, as of current Maine Executive Orders, if one staff member becomes exposed to the COVID-19 virus, the whole staff would have to self-quarantine for 14-days. This is not an option!
On 9 April 2020, I will be posting the first Seasonal Water Turn-On Matrix which will be updated as work progresses. At that time at least one-half of the seasonal system will begin the process of flooding, disinfection, flushing and testing clear of pathogens.
Seasonal meters will go out on specific routes of the technicians on-duty at the time. Over time the Seasonal Water Turn-On Matrix will appear to look somewhat unbalanced to the uninformed. I fully anticipate there will be sections of towns, or towns as a whole, that will be completed weeks earlier than others or where the start-up process has not even started yet. For 2020 all I ask is that you accept the fact that we are giving it all we have and stay patient, this is a complex, labor heavy process that needs to be completed during the height of a pandemic.
For seasonal customers served off of year-round water mains, please call the regular number (207) 633-4723 for turn-on BEFORE YOU ARRIVE. Be advised, technicians will not enter a building to turn-on seasonal service if they feel unsafe to COVID-19 exposure. It is far easier if you have your caretaker deal with the start-up process BEFORE YOU ARRIVE. Seasonal turn-on off of year-round water mains can be scheduled by contacting the office, with the caveat that while the district is at ½ manning, delays maybe encountered.
For seasonal customers off of seasonal water mains (black plastic), please wait to arrive until after service has been established to your property. If by chance this is not possible, please limit or exclude any contact with district staff while they are establishing service and setting meters.
Any questions or concerns not covered here, or in subsequent updates, are to be solely directed to me at the contact information below. Please do not attempt to contact staff, they have enough on their plate!
Please be aware that I will be posting updates daily by 0700 hr. daily. These posts will describe the previous day’s progress, or lack thereof. This is the best that can be done at this time!
Lastly, PLEASE DO NOT CALL INQUIRING WHEN SEASONAL WATER FOR A SPECIFIC PROPERTY WILL BE TURNED ON, IT IS A QUESTION THAT WILL NOT BE ANSWERED… PLEASE JUST FOLLOW PROGRESS AS POSTED ON THE SEASONAL WATER START-UP MATRIX.
Office Phone – 207-633-4723 ext. 112
Cell Phone – 207-380-6723
E-Mail – email@example.com
Sunday – 22 March 2020
Currently the Boothbay Region Water District (BRWD), as mandated by the Maine Public Utilities Commission (PUC), is planning to start-up seasonal water service under its normal timeline, that being service guaranteed by 1 May 2020 running through the third-Thursday of October; SAME AS ALWAYS!
That said, the COVID-19 Virus Pandemic has generated unprecedented action by the state of Maine, instructing public water utilities on various emergency changes in policy over a myriad of topics. The BRWD, by the nature of the service provided, and its extreme importance it has in maintaining public health, is a heavily regulated quasi-municipal organization. To gain and hold the public’s confidence, as well as safeguard the public health to the very highest level, management and staff of the BRWD are licensed by the Maine Department of Human Services, Center for Disease Control (CDC) and are, at least as the district is concerned, public health officers. As such, management and staff are compelled to operate within strict guidelines, from various regulatory agencies, as dictated by the state of Maine, and of which, the BRWD record of compliance is impeccable.
With that in mind, “business as usual” is not the order of the day while the current state of emergency is in effect. In the spirit of full-disclosure, in an effort to curb the spread of COVID-19, all rules and regulations governing the safe operation of the BRWD are subject to change, including the dates of seasonal water service initiation, with little or no notice. As stated above, our record of compliance with state rules and mandates is superior, and particularly through the COVID-19 state of emergency, will remain so.
This website will be updated regularly and as breaking news pertaining to the 2020 Seasonal Water Service Start-up comes to pass, that information posted a quickly as possible. Please follow this website regularly for updates to seasonal water service status.
To all our seasonal customers, including our seasonal customers and guests of the Boothbay region, please stay safe!
Jonathan E. Ziegra
Boothbay Region Water District