Sys­tem up­grades a pri­or­ity

Bay Roberts propos­ing to in­stall sec­ond wa­ter main to im­prove flows

The Compass - - FRONT PAGE - BY NI­CHOLAS MERCER THE COM­PASS

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.

nmercer@cb­n­com­pass.ca

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