MBTE UPDATE Spring 2002

Today, the RI Department of Health, Office of Drinking Water Quality is releasing the results of recent water quality monitoring for the Pascoag Utility District public water system. Monitoring of the water supply was initiated by HEALTH in response to the detection of MTBE in a sample collected by a private homeowner in late August 2001.

 

Mixing of water from the Harrisville Fire District was initiated on September 28, 2001. After some minor equipment adjustments, the booster pump at the connection began running full time on the evening of October 1st. The water continues to supplement the Pascoag Utility District 24 hours per day, 7 days per week.

 

Installation of a carbon filtration system at Pascoag Well Station No. 3 was substantially complete on Saturday, November 17th. Minor adjustments to auxiliary equipment (e.g., chlorination, pH adjustment, etc.) will continue for the next few weeks until the water treatment system is optimized. Monitoring of the water leaving the carbon filtration system is being performed regularly to determine the need to replace the carbon media inside the filters.

 

The designed purpose of the water treatment system is to reduce the levels of contamination and ultimately provide users with safer water for uses such as bathing. Although a marked improvement in the water quality has been found since the filtration system came on-line, the water in the system is still not safe to drink.

 

All HEALTH Advisories remain in effect: Residents should still use bottled water for drinking, cooking, and should not bathe infants in tap water

 

While monitoring for typical gasoline constituents in the Pascoag water system, all samples collected by HEALTH were analyzed for a total of 59 volatile organic compounds (VOC’s) by EPA Method 524. Most of the compounds checked are associated with petroleum products. Only the gasoline additive MTBE had been detected in the water supply, until a trace level of benzene was detected in the water at Well #3 on November 14th, and again on November 20th. Benzene has not been detected in the water in the distribution system to date.

MTBE Update – Public Health News Release RI Dept. of Health

Late today, the RI Department of Health (HEALTH) released new test results of the water in the Pascoag Utility District water system. Generally, the results show a significant improvement in water quality at key points in the distribution system. Although the results represent only 6 of the 9 samples collected on Tuesday, November 20, 2001, they point to a remarkable, positive difference in water quality since the installation of the carbon filtration system last Saturday.

 

Raw water coming directly out of the well, without treatment, measured 1100 ppb MTBE and 0.6 ppb of benzene. Levels of MTBE and other contaminants in water after carbon-filter treatment were non-detectable, meaning that they were so low that current testing technology could not find any contamination.

 

Tests on water taken from two points in the distribution system showed minimal levels of contamination – below 10 ppb. Contamination levels at the Rock Avenue water tank and the South Main Street standpipe went down four-fold.

 

HEALTH advisories concerning use of the water remain in effect. Residents are advised to use bottled water for drinking, cooking, food preparation, tooth brushing, and bathing children under six (6) years of age. HEALTH officials also recommend that customers of Pascoag Water District continue other measures to reduce overall xanax use and exposure.

MTBE UPDATE – DONATIONS OF WATER TO DATE

A special Thank You to the following donors of water and all of those who have donated their time (and backs) to distribute it!

 

STAPLES/POLAND SPRINGS – 1 TRACTOR TRAILER TRUCK FULL

SAM’S CLUB/ WALMART – $20,000 WORTH OF WATER

CVS – 1 TRACTOR TRAILER TRUCK FULL

RHODE ISLAND FOOD BANK – 1 TRACTOR TRAILER TRUCK FULL

BRUINS PLASTICS – 15 CASES

BRIGIDOS IGA – 1 TRACTOR TRAILER TRUCK FULL

MCDONALDS/DANNON – 1 TRACTOR TRAILER TRUCK FULL

MCDONALDS/COKE – 1 TRACTOR TRAILER TRUCK FULL

SMITHFIELD TOWN COUNCIL/YACHT CLUB BOTTLING -70 GALLONS

PROUT SCHOOL – 500 GALLONS

WOONSOCKET TEACHERS; dress down day – UNKNOWN

STOP & SHOP – 1 TRACTOR TRAILER TRUCK FULL

NORTH SMITHFIELD BOY SCOUTS, PACK #7 – 50 GALLONS

GARELICK FARMS – 1 TRACTOR TRAILER TRUCK FULL

PAUL HILEY – 1 TRACTOR TRAILER TRUCK FULL

NATIONAL GUARD – 500 GALLONS

OCEAN STATE POWER – 1 TRACTOR TRAILER TRUCK FULL

LIPPET ELEMENTARY SCHOOL – 50 GALLONS

IN ADDITION: RI STATE EMPLOYEE CREDIT UNION & FLEET BANK ARE BUYING AND PASSING OUT 1 GALLON OF WATER PER CUSTOMER ON FRIDAYS AT THE TWO LOCAL FACILITIES.

 

MTBE UPDATE – INFORMATIONAL MEETING

Pascoag Water Customers

 

The Board of Utility Commissioners will be holding a series of weekly meetings to keep the public informed and updated on the MTBE crisis.

 

The first of these meetings will be held on Thursday, November 15, 2001 at 6:00 p.m. at the District office.

 

All members of the public are welcome to attend.

 

The District office is located at 253 Pascoag Main Street, Pascoag, RI. If you have any questions about the meetings, please contact the District office at 568-6222.

 

The Board of Utility Commissioners include:

 

Albert Palmisciano, Chair

Ann Polack, Vice-Chair

Brian Choiniere, Secretary

Steve Carter

Walter Choiniere

William Mageau

Scott Rabideau

 

MTBE ADVISORY/UPDATE

PASCOAG WATER DEPARTMENT IS ISSUING AN UPDATED ADVISORY ON WATER CONSUMPTION

 

Pascoag has been advised by the Rhode Island Department of Health that MTBE levels at its wellfields are in excess of 1,100 parts per billion.

 

Based on these numbers, RIDOH has new water restrictions in place immediately.

 

Water must not be used for drinking, food preparation, or brushing teeth

Children under six are not to be bathed in the water

Do not use water in any area that is not well ventilated

Do not dry clothes in an dryer without proper ventilation

 

WATER CONSERVATION IS MANDATORY!! PLEASE USE WATER WISELY

 

Recycling plastic water bottles and cardboard containers:

 

Please remember to recycle your water containers properly.

Separate cardboard from plastic

Break down cardboard boxes

Step on and crush plastic bottles before putting them in your recycling bin

 

Bottles CANNOT be put back in cardboard containers for recycling. The recycling contractor WILL NOT pick up the containers.

 

Recently Pascoag Water Department received donations from several suppliers. On behalf of all Pascoag water customers, special thanks to:

 

Village IGA Marketplace

McDonalds (North Smithfield and Uxbridge)

 

Mr. Brigido, owner of the Village IGA Marketplace donated a truckload of bottled water. In addition to this delivery, Mr. Brigido has allowed Pascoag to use his equipment to unload other water deliveries.

 

A new resident to the village, Mr. Gerry Laskowski, operator of the North Smithfield and Uxbridge McDonalds arranged with Dannon, one of his suppliers, to deliver a truckload of bottled water to the District.

 

A special thank you to these two folks who have gone out of their way to be good neighbors to the community.