System upgrades a priority
Bay Roberts proposing to install second water main to improve flows
Municipal leaders in Bay Roberts are making the upgrading of the troubled municipal water supply a priority as they prepare to deliberate on the town’s 2013 operating budget.
Town officials have advised its engineering firm, BAE-Newplan Group, to explore the possibility of installing a new water main between Peddle’s Pond and Big Pond in order to improve flow rates.
This project is being given a high priority, said Mayor Philip Wood.
The move was prompted following an unusually dry summer that saw the town impose strict water conservation measures, and resulted in dramatically low water levels in Big Pond, one of three ponds that supplies the town with water.
The proposed new line would improve flow from Peddle’s Pond to Big Bond, which flows into the smaller supply pond (often referred to as Fall Pond).
A similar water main was installed a decade ago between Big Pond and the supply pond.
“It’s a proactive approach,” Wood said following the Oct. 9 council meeting.
It’s hope the water main will be installed before next summer.
How it works
The main works on a valve system, allowing the town to control the flow of water between the two ponds.
The mayor said the supply pond was “fairly high” all summer because the town “turned on the tap” at Big Pond, but was unable to tap into Peddle’s Pond after the stream practically dried up.
Meanwhile, town officials were welcoming increased rainfall amounts in recent days, and some restrictions on businesses may soon be lifted.
However, Wood was preaching conservation.