ATTENTION SEASONAL WATER CUSTOMERS –
Seasonal Water Service is guaranteed by 1 May 2018. We will begin the seasonal water turn on process in April which at that time we will post right here our progress. Until then have a great winter and we look forward to seeing our seasonal customers this summer!!!!
3 April 2018
The weather looks marginal this week for the district to make the many repairs needed on the seasonal distribution system in that there exists much winter damage in need of repair. That said the crews are out in the field this week inspecting and repairing all visible problems while the snow pack slowly melts away. We will not begin flooding the system until the weather moderates with no deep freezing temperatures predicted. Based on the number of telephone calls we have been fielding we are encouraged by the fact that so many people are “chomping at the bit” to get started with the summer season; we are too!!!! Please check back often, we are committed to keeping our summer seasonal customers up-to-date as to our progress with our 2018 Seasonal Water Start-up Progress Reports. Once the water starts flowing our postings will be daily, usually in the evening. Please stay tuned!!!!
5 April 2018
Seasonal water service, as defined by the Maine Public Utilities Commission (PUC) is the period between 1 May and 1 October each year. Our goal is to establish service as soon as safely possible in April and run through the third Thursday in October, this year that is 18 October 2018. At the time of writing this post the temperature outside is a balmy 21 degrees F or -6C for those in the rest of the world. We need temperatures above freezing.
That said, our TENTATIVE (meaning not cast-in-stone, not Guaranteed, but our goal!) start -up schedule is as follows:
- Complete all repairs of winter damage to the seasonal system by 12 April 2018;
- Flood, flush, disinfect and biologically clear the seasonal system by 17 April 2018; and
- Complete all service installation by 27 April 2018.
Again we can not stress this enough, this schedule is TENTATIVE ! We here at the Boothbay Region Water District fully understand that getting the seasonal water system up and running is the backbone of the summer season and we take our task very seriously. However we need to balance the customer pressure to get back here to God’s country, with the tasks of establishing service that not only meets our customers needs, but also establish service in a manner that is both safe for our customers and our infrastructure. Rest assured this is our #1 priority and our staff are doing everything within their power to establish service as soon as possible.
Please check in regularly to track our progress….
13 April 2018
The weather is not going our way this year; we have temperature in the teens and snow predicted for tomorrow, nevertheless we are moving forward with start-up. Most repairs to the seasonal water distribution system have been completed with the last, on Back River Road in Boothbay to be completed this morning. Because of the weather predicted, today we are only going to flood those transmission water mains that present the least of freeze damage, so even though not the entire 74-mile long seasonal distribution system, it is a start.
There is light at the end of the tunnel, starting Monday the long-term weather outlook is favorable for getting the seasonal system up and running. The game plan now is to complete and flood portions of the system today, let the hopefully last of winter pass this weekend, flood, flush, disinfect, flush and sample the system starting 16 April 2018. This process, including the return of biological clearing samples should take until the morning of 19 April 2018 at which time, if the green light is given by our laboratory, crews will fan out into the district and begin establishing seasonal services. After that time our distribution crew will keep on that task until complete (meaning they will work through the weekend if need be.) Again, this is a “Perfect World” scenario but rest assured we are doing everything within our power to bring summer seasonal water to our customers as soon as possible.
Please check back frequently for more updates…
16 April 2018
Over this past weekend and through the Nor’easter we received yesterday, district technicians began flooding the seasonal water distribution system along with a measured dose of chlorine. AT THIS TIME THE WATER IN THE SEASONAL DISTRIBUTION MAINS IS NOT SAFE TO DRINK!! . A few unexpected problems have been uncovered during the filling/disinfecting process.
The seasonal water feed for Squirrel Island was found to have a broken valve on the Spruce Point side which will be repaired today in preparation for flooding the Squirrel Island water main.
On Appalachee Road in Boothbay Harbor it was found that the water main was deliberately cut and rendered useless by unknown persons apparently in relation to an excavation project allegedly undertaken after seasonal shutdown. The effort for repair will be considerable and time consuming in that not only was a section of the water main cut out, but the ends were then buried. We hope to exploratory dig on the main as time allows this week, repair the water main, and continue with the start-up process. This repair will not reestablish all services on that road, but will allow district personnel to prepare the water main for the majority of residents on the road with the final repairs to be made after we complete seasonal turn-on.
Eastside Road on Barters Island received plow damage which is accessible with crews working on that repair today, hopefully culminating in flooding and disinfection of this water main by days end.
The seasonal distribution system will be flushing over the next couple of days. If you should see water coming from an open valve, that is normal. If you should encounter a seasonal water main clearly damaged and spraying water, we here at the district would appreciate a call at 207-633-4723 so that we may repair it.
Overall we are in good shape and moving forward with seasonal startup, please check in here often to follow our progress….
17 April 2018
Good news, we were able to make considerable progress yesterday. The problem we encountered on Appalachee Road in Boothbay was largely corrected as were the repairs on Eastside Road on Barters Island and the feed to Squirrel Island. That said, a major problem was found with the Summit Road, Boothbay Harbor which we have scheduled for repair on 23 April 2018.
So far the entire system has been flooded, disinfected and heavily flushed with district technicians collecting water samples this morning to ensure the purity of the water. The testing period, at the lab, is 24 -hours so we do not anticipate hearing any news until tomorrow. If the samples come back negative (meaning the water in the mains meets all state and federal standards) we will begin fanning out within the district, establishing water service for our seasonal customers. Today we are concentrating on establishing service to our seasonal customers off permanent water mains. PLEASE STAY TUNED!!!!
18 April 2018
HOT OFF THE PRESS—– Thank you for all of thoughts and prayers for clean water samples from our seasonal distribution system, the whole lot came back clean!!!! Crews have now been deployed system-wide to begin establishing service to our nearly 2,000 summer seasonal customers. we will post each day our progress.
19 April 2018
Our crews made good progress yesterday and are hard at it today. We will be working Saturday 21 April 2018 and possibly Sunday depending on progress made Saturday night. Check out the matrix below and see if your road is on…..
20 April 2018
Our distribution staff have been working very hard over the past several weeks to complete seasonal water service turn-on and are doing a splendid job. Yesterday management gave these professionals the option to work this weekend to keep the seasonal water turn-on effort going. All accepted this purely optional request, which should tell you something about their commitment to their customers and a desire to get the system up and running. Some have previous commitments so about half of the crews are working today (Saturday, 21 April 2018) with the other half coming in tomorrow (Sunday, 22 April 2018).
On 20 April 2018 the district made great progress in establishing service. Because of severe damage very few of customers will have to wait for service, which will be established after repairs are made, as annotated in todays progress report, as soon as seasonal service is established to the vast bulk of our customers, but still very much ahead of the 1 May 2018 deadline. Barring any unforeseen circumstances, water services for all of our customers will be established by 27 April 2018. We will continue to keep you posted. Please review our progress through Friday, 20 April 2018 as listed below in the progress report.
21 April 2018
We made good progress yesterday and will be back at it today!! Please check out our status report as of last evening with the link below:
22 April 2018
We can say with reasonable certainty that we will finish up establishing service for our seasonal water customers by the end of the work day today. There will be some exceptions including: two services on Appalachee Road in Boothbay Harbor and Summit Road, also in Boothbay Harbor. Repairs to the Summit Road Line will be completed today with the main then being prepared for meter deployment. Right after this fix we will move to Appalachee and repair those two services torn from the system over last winter. There will be at least one more report, that being tomorrow morning, tracking today’s progress.
23 April 2018
SEASONAL WATER SERVICE IS ON….. This years water service is brought to you by Dale Harmon, Distribution Foreman; Trevor Morin, Assistant Distribution Foreman; Utilities Technicians Mike Hills, Weston Alley, Shawn Simmons & Taylor Timberlake, Treatment Plant Operators John Orne & Scott Campbell; Ruth Watts handling all of the customer service duties and Sue Mello busily working to protect the regions raw water reserves… We all wish everyone heading to the region, a wonderful summer!
We are up and running with a couple of small exceptions:
Summit Road, Boothbay Harbor – This main was severely plow damaged and we could not get the water main on prior to start-up. Today this main is being repaired and readied for meters which should be completely in place tomorrow (25 April 2018)
Appalachee Road, Boothbay Harbor – As annotated on the start-up matrix below, persons unknown while installing a new septic system illegally cut the water main sometime last winter and obliterated two services . The water main was repaired last week but repairing the services is an involved process which we simply did not have time to correct earlier. After the repair on Summit Road (noted above) is completed crews will move to Appalachee Road and reset the two services destroyed by persons unknown.
26 April 2018
One final update, Squirrel Island water main was found leaking and repaired this week, service has been established with the island as of today. Appalachee Road in Boothbay Harbor is the final repair which is in process today and will be completed by the end of the day. With that we are up and running….