To all ELVD residents,
With winter drawing near, it is time to begin drawing down the lake. This draw-down ensures water levels are low enough to minimize ice damage due to movement and allows for spring thaws and rains. The draw down process beginning the first week of October 2019 and should be completed by the end of October 2019.
Any residents that live on the water frontage of the lake, please plan accordingly to prepare your property, docks, boats, etc. from the level of the lake being lowered during this period.
ELVD Board of Commissioners
The Board of Commissioners wanted to share the most recent update on its water system issues with the residents.
We have had multiple leaks over the last three weeks (an estimated repair cost of $2,400) and WSO still believes there are additional leaks on the back side of the lake still not yet found or repaired. We have had two well pump failures over this same time period (Well #7 and Mary Rowe) (estimated cost of pump replacements of $12,000). Mary Rowe is still down pending its pump replacement. Through this period we have had to truck in water two times prior to today (estimated combined cost of $12,000). We continue to lose ground on the water levels in the tank based on current usage, leaks, and Mary Rowe well still down. , Based on this the District will again need to truck in additional water. This will occur on 9/3. The estimated cost will be another $6,000.
Additional efforts will be occurring toward leak detection efforts. Please continue to honor the OUTSIDE WATER BAN. Please remind your neighbors if you see someone using water for outside uses.
ELVD Board of Commissioners Chairman
Due to recent malfunctions with multiple wells with in our system, the water levels of our tank have dropped to levels requiring the district to truck in water in order to meet the needs of our residents. This week alone the expense of trucking in water exceeded $6000 with more water needing to be trucked in on Monday 08/26 at, or about, the same expense to the district. The water in question was purchased from the town of Hillsborough and was reported to the Department of Environmental Services (DES) with all of the water testing requirements to ensure the water meets DES drinking water standards.
The Board of commissioners held an emergency meeting on Tuesday 08/20 to approve the expense of replacing one of the well pumps. In addition, the BOC granted authority to the District Administrator/Board Members to authorize future replacements of critical equipment in the event of an emergency when future failures pose a potential negative financial impact to the district. It is the intent of the BOC's that faster response times when making repairs to our water system will help alleviate the additional expense of trucking in water.
We ask that all residents help us through these troubled times by conserving water where they can. In addition, our water agent (WSO) believes there may be a water leak on the back side of the lake and is having difficulty locating it. We are asking any residents that see potential evidence of a water leaks to contact WSO immediately at (603.428.3525). Residents should also be aware that while we have seen some rain events lately, there hasn't been enough rain to adequately replenish our well water supply.
Finally, the BOC's understands what an inconvenience this is to our residents. We recognize the hardships that the ELVD Community has had to endure and ask for your patience and understanding through these difficult times. We are working closely with our engineering partners at Wright Pierce and are developing long term solutions to the many challenges that face our community.
~ ELVD BOC
The EMERALD LAKE VILLAGE DISTRICT water system recently violated a drinking water standard. Although this is not an emergency, as our customers, you have a right to know what happened, what you should do, and what we are doing to correct this situation.
We are required to monitor your drinking water for specific contaminants on a regular basis. Test results for the sample(s) collected on JULY 18, 2019 showed an arsenic level of 0.055 mg/L. The average level of arsenic over last year was 0.023 mg/L.
This average is above the enforceable maximum contaminant level (MCL) of 0.010 mg/L.
What Does This Mean?
This is NOT an emergency. If it had been, you would have been notified immediately. However, some people who drink water containing arsenic in excess of the MCL over many years could experience skin damage or problems with their circulatory system, and may have an increased risk of getting cancer.
What should I do?
It is not necessary to use alternate water; however, if you have specific health concerns, please contact your health care professional. General health related questions may be directed to Dave Gordon of the DES Environmental Health Program at (603) 271-4608.
Steps We Are Taking: ARSENIC TREATMENT MEDIA HAS BEEN CHANGED IN THE MEETING HOUSE TREATMENT CENTER AND THE pH MONITOR HAS BEEN REPLACED.
We anticipate resolving the problem within 45 days. For more information, please contact JOE DAMOUR OF WSO+ AT 603-428-3625 or 603-848-3525 or 405 FLANDERS ROAD, PO BOX 68, HENNIKER, NH 03242.
Please share this information with all the other people who drink this water, especially those who may not have received this notice directly (for example, people in apartments, nursing homes, schools, and businesses). You can do this by posting this notice in a public place or distributing copies by hand or mail.
PWS ID: 1141020 Date distributed: August 15, 2019 posted on web site
~ ELVD BOC