On Friday, March 10, 2017 representatives from the US Department of Agriculture Rural Development Office, NH Department of Environmental Services, the Waterville Valley Board of Selectmen, the Construction Contractor, Project Engineer and Town Staff met at the new Water Treatment and Pump House building off of West Branch Road to conduct a walk-through of the new facility. Here are a picture of the group as they reviewed the new building with Mr. Wes Wilson of Infrastructure Construction Corporation (ICC):
The walk-through went very well and the building, piping and pumps were all certified as operational. The water from the new well in the White Mountain National Forest has been tested and passes all of the state requirements for drinking water. We are now using the new well in our distribution system, rotating with Well #2 on a daily basis. There are some minor requirements of the contract that will need to be finished in the spring, but USDA Rural Development has certified the project as substantially complete and we have submitted the required paperwork for the final payment from the grant portion of the project.
We will have a community-wide open house for the new facility once the weather gets a little better and we can improve access to the building.
The next priority for the water system is an evaluation of our existing Well #3 to see if we can determine what is causing a persistent bacteria contamination of the water being pumped from the well. We have included funding from Town Meeting of $25,000 to conduct this evaluation with hydro-geologists and engineers over the spring and summer. The intent would be to determine likely sources of the contamination and develop ways to fix the problem and get the well back on-line.