Hillcrest Water Department
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The Hillcrest water system is currently undergoing an upgrade to our primary well. The motor and pump assembly are being replaced, and the well was recently flushed to clean the screen at the bottom of the well. A combination of this and the use of our secondary well as primary seems to be occassionally stirring up the sediment in the system, causing sporadic areas of the system to experience cloudy water.
The system has been and continues to be tested for proper chlorination, so the water is safe for use. We do realize that this is causing some problems with discolored water.
We have a consulting firm coming on Friday, October 13 to take a look at the problem to see if there are any remedies we can implement while the primary well is being completed.
This work will not be complete for a few more weeks. We continue to check the system daily for proper chlorination and any potential changes we can make that will reduce the effects of the work being done.
We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause as we do our best to keep our water system up to date with new energy efficient systems.
Additional information will be posted as it becomes available.
Thank you for your patience and understanding.
Ever wonder where rainwater ends up that flows down into storm drains lining our roads? How is this stormwater runoff connected to the quality of our drinking water? Educating the public on this important issue is one goal of New York State Department of Environmental Conservation’s Phase II Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System (MS4) Program. On Wednesday May 19th, the Broome-Tioga Stormwater Coalition invites all those interested to come hear and comment on the Coalition’s progress on meeting requirements designed to identify, control and reduce pollutants in stormwater runoff from rain events. This is important because stormwater runoff from rain events and water from snow melt drains into the Susquehanna River and the aquifer (ground water) that lies underneath, which is the drinking water source for all municipally operated water systems as well as private wells in Broome and Tioga counties.
In most of the Greater Binghamton area, storm sewer infrastructure (storm drains connected by underground pipes), separate from sanitary sewer,conveys stormwater from our roads and discharges water eventually into the Susquehanna River untreated. In other words, contaminated rainwater runoff could likely lead to contaminated drinking water in our homes.
HILLCREST WATER DISTRICT
Since there will be only one town newsletter this year, this article will include items of interest for all seasons.
Our new water truck with the integral plow system was of great use during the winter months keeping the and water department driveways clear. We plan to get many years of use out of this new asset for the benefits of the water systems and its users.
Throughout the year, it is always a good idea to check your household water components for leaks of any kind that can waste water. Even small drips can really add up. A single faucet dripping once every 3 seconds can waste up to 700 gallons of water in a year (http://ga.water.usgs.gov/edu/sc4.html)! Imagine the volume if we have dozens of houses each with a few small dripping leaks. Every gallon of water used in the system costs money to treat, pump, and deliver to our users. If every water customer regularly checks for, and fixes these leaks quickly, it can save both on water bills as well as the water department budget. So, thank you in advance for helping us out.
Our pump replacement project has started with the engineering firm looking for potential sources of grant money to help cover some of the cost. Since the project is both an improvement to infrastructure and will provide future energy savings, we think it should be an excellent candidate for grant money. Of course, given the current state of budgets at both the state and federal levels, nothing is certain. We will keep the community up to date with progress of this important project.
When fall arrives, please remember to check the space where the water lines enters your home to be sure it will remain warm enough to avoid freezing. Keeping the entry space free and clear to a warm area of the house can save a lot of time, aggravation, and money.
As always, if you experience a water problem, please give us a call at 724-3786. Thank you.
Rick Pray, Councilman
|Type of Use||Non-Conserving Use||Gallons|
|Washing Hands||Tap running||2|
|Brush Teeth||Tap running||10|
|Dish Washing by hand||Tap running||30|
|Automatic Dishwasher||Full cycle||16|
|Washing machine||Full cycle, top level||60|
|Outdoor Watering||per minute||10|
February 10th due March 10th
June 10th due July 10th
October 10th due November 10th
For billing questions please contact Mike @ (607) 648-4800 ext. 115.
METER READING CARDS:
January 15th due February 1st
May 15th due June 1st
updated 10/10/2017 gh