Wiscasset Water District
65 Birch Point Road
Wiscasset, Maine 04578
(207) 882-6402 TEL (207) 882-5958 FAX
2007 Annual Water Quality Report
Board of Trustees
Chairman – Phillip DiVece, Clerk – Robert MacDonald, Treas. – Gregg Wood,
Asst. Treas. – Dean Shea, Trustee – Charles Applebee
*Note: Regular Monthly Board Meetings are held the 3rd Monday of each
month at 6 p.m. at the WWD office.
Superintendent – Chris W. Cossette Admin. Assist. – Stacey D. Knight
Utility Worker – Brian C. Murray
Superintendent & Utility Worker Admin. Asst. Operating Hours
Operating Hours Mon thru Fri 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Mon thru Fri 7:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
For More Information:
Maine Drinking Water Program EPA Safe Drinking Water
(207) 287-2070 Hotline 800-426-4791
American Water Works Assoc. Maine Rural Water Assoc.
(303) 794-7711 (207) 729-6569
Some people may be more vulnerable to contaminants in drinking water than the general population. Immuno-comprised persons such as those with cancer undergoing chemotherapy, those who have undergone organ transplants, people with HIV/AIDS or other immune-system disorders, some elderly, and infants can be particularly at risk of infection. These people (or their guardians) should seek advice about drinking water from your health-care providers. The EPA and the Center for Disease Control guidelines on appropriate means to lessen the risk of infection by cryptosporidium and other microbial contaminants are available from the Safe Drinking Water Hotline: 800-426-4791.
Re: Lead and Copper
If present, elevated levels of lead can cause serious health problems, especially for pregnant women and young children. Lead in drinking water is primarily from materials and components associated with service lines and home plumbing. WWD is responsible for providing high quality drinking water, but cannot control the variety of materials used in plumbing components. When your water has been sitting for several hours, you can minimize the potential for lead exposure by flushing your tap for 30 seconds to 2 minutes before using water for drinking or cooking. If you are concerned about lead in your water, you may wish to have your water tested. Information on lead in drinking water, testing methods, and steps you can take to minimize exposure is available from the Safe Drinking Water Hotline or at http://www.epa.gov/safewater/lead.
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2007 Annual Report January 1 – December 31, 2007
The Wiscasset Water District installed 3 new commercial, 18 new residential, 2 seasonal, 3 sprinkler, 3 private fire hydrant services in 2007. Total water consumption was 42,568,680 gallons compared to 44,595,760 gallons in 2006. The 2007 results showed a 4% decrease in water consumption. Purchased water consumption is expected to increase based upon the projected development projects currently approved. Water purchased from Bath Water District totaled $121,628.50 compared to $111,750.85 in 2006 resulting in a 8% increase in the cost to purchase water.
The meter maintenance program continued with upgrading all meters to the new radio read. Currently 272 meters have been upgraded and/or replaced. The Radio Read System will improve the District’s process for reading and billing, it will allow for the District to closely monitor water consumption, identify potential leaks, backflow and tampering.
The Water District has participated in several new line extensions to provide domestic water and fire protection. The projects were: line extention on Davis Island, Edgecomb, Birch Point Road, Wiscasset. Several projects are currently scheduled for this year: 2 commercial properties on Rt. #1, Wiscasset and a project on Davis Island, Edgecomb. The District has been approved for funding a 6,000’ water main replacement along Churchill St., portion of Rt. #27, Lee St., Bradbury St., Fore St. and Middle St. This project will replace a 6” cast iron main to a 12” ductile main that will improve flows and system reliability.
Wiscasset Water District Trustees
The Wiscasset Water District is moving ahead to address capital improvements of its water system outlined in the District’s System Analysis completed in 2005. In the fall of 2006 the District applied for funding through the Maine State Drinking Water Revolving Loan Program to fund a main replacement project for Churchill St. The project is to address the aging infrastructure within that area of the system and to improve system capacity as this portion of the system is also a major artery from the District’s Water Storage Tank.
On Feb. 1, 2008 the Board directed the Superintendent to secure financing through the USDA Rural Development program to fund water main replacement projects to include: a portion of Route One between Lee St. and Churchill St., all of Churchill St. and approximately 500 feet northerly on Rt. 27 from the intersection of Churchill St. The water main replacement project will also include the potential replacement of water main along Lee St., Bradbury St., Fort Hill St., Fore St. and Middle St. ending at the intersection of Main St. The compilation of these two projects will replace approximately 6,000 linear feet of water main and increasing their size to 12”. This project will address the aging infrastructure within the village portion of the system, increase fire flow capacity for fire protection as well as remove any potential water quality issues for the future due to aging of the system.
The project will tentatively begin construction in early May. Major construction is estimated to last 90 days. The District will hold a public hearing to discuss the project and will welcome public input at that time.
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