Thursday, January 6, 2011

Cavendish Update 1/6/11 Special Post: Municipal Water Update

The following information has been provided by town manager, Rich Svec.

Recently the Cavendish Municipal Water System experienced a situation wherein demand for water outstretched our ability to keep up with that demand. There was an array of circumstances which, when they occurred simultaneously, caused the water level in the storage tanks be lowered to a point where, system wide, pressure was significantly reduced and places at the highest elevations may even have experienced a period of no water flow. Some of those contributing circumstances included: extremely high consumer demand (holidays, skiing and tourism), two system leaks which developed, maintenance repairs on the filtration equipment, a telemetry fault, and the need to take the system off-line to back wash the filters. We have already taken significant measures to remedy the situation and to ensure that the situation does not reoccur. The two found leaks have been repaired, several other remedial activities are underway and the storage tank levels are being restored to their normal levels. Although the immediate crisis is passed, users are asked to use water conservatively until the tanks are fully replenished so that the refilling process takes place as quickly as possible.

For more information, please contact Richard Svec, Town Manager at 226-7291 or Dave Duquette, Chief Water System Operator at 226-7743 at the Town of Cavendish Municipal Water System, 37 High Street, P.O. Box 126, Cavendish, Vermont 05142-0126.

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