13th Annual Green Festival Provides fun activities for families, electric car display and energy saving tips!

BURRILLVILLE, RI, September 7, 2019 – The Pascoag Utility District and The Town of Burrillville’s Parks and Recreation Department will be holding its 13th Annual Green Festival on Saturday, September 7th, 2019 from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. at the Stillwater Mill Center-100 Tinkham Lane, Harrisville, RI 02830. Reusable bags packed with energy saving information, recycling tips and much more will be given to the first 500 attendees. The rain date is September 21, 2019.

Once a year, the Green Festival brings families from Northern Rhode Island together to explore ways to have a more sustainable lifestyle and future. Children will enjoy free fun activities, face painting, giant yard-size games and bucket truck rides, while adults can learn various ways to create a more environmentally conscious lifestyle from the more than 30 “green” and health/wellness vendors that will be participating in the festival. The Burrillville Farmers Market will be onsite with local fruits, vegetables and other fine products.  GottaQ Smokehouse BBQ will be offering lunch and snacks for sale. The very talented, local singer-song writer, Charlie Marie will perform as well.

For the first time ever this year, we are working with Burrillville Prevention Action Coalition to bring a variety of health and wellness vendors to the festival. Health and wellness issues are an important part of sustainable living so we are excited to bring new information and ideas to our attendees.

In addition, the Jesse Smith Memorial Library will be holding two free, 30-minute workshops in their community room. At 11:00am, Rhode Island Resource Recovery will be hosting a Composting Workshop. This workshop will provide all the necessary information needed to start composting in your backyard. At 12:00pm, Green Energy Consumers Alliance will let you know how you can save on an electric vehicle (EV) with their group discount; dispel some of those EV myths and more. There will also be an electric car display so feel free to browse and ask questions.

A raffle will be held with donated items from various local businesses and green vendors. All proceeds from the raffle will be donated to the Burrillville Weekend Snack Pack Programa not-for-profit joint effort between Burrillville Parks and Recreation, the Burrillville Lions Club, the Jesse M. Smith Memorial Library, and the Berean Baptist Church — to provide weekend food for at-risk Burrillville youth.

For more information on this free family event, please contact Pascoag Utility District at 401-567-1262 or the Town of Burrillville Parks & Recreation Department at 401-568-9470 or visit us online at www.pud-ri.org/greenfestival.

Water Main Cleaning/Lining Project Approved by Our Customers!

We are pleased to report that Phase 3 of our water main cleaning/lining project was approved unanimously by our customers at last night’s Special Meeting.  We want to express our deep appreciation for all those who attended, listened attentively to our presentation, and voted in favor of this important project.  The presentation is posted below for anyone interested in learning about this project.
Thank you so much!

Message to Pascoag Utility District Water Customers

We need your vote at the Pascoag Utility District Special Meeting on July 22, 2019!

Based on our efforts over these past several years responding to customer desires for improvements in our water system to solve water quality issues, namely rusty water, Pascoag Utility District (PUD) embarked on an intense capital improvement program including the water main cleaning/lining project that was done in 2016 and 2017, which lined all of Pascoag Main Street and the central part of Pascoag village.  Cleaning and cement lining is the best and most cost effective way to improve and extend the life of our water mains for the next 100 years, and we recently submitted and have been approved for a further federal grant/loan program that will extend this cleaning and lining project to almost all of South Main Street and the connections to our two water storage tanks.  This program will allow our customers to enjoy a 43% grant (zero cost to customers) and a loan for the remainder financed over 40 years at a very low interest rate (currently 2.5%), through the U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Development (USDA-RD).

The Phase 3 project will total approximately $2.1 million, with the grant provided by the federal government picking up over $900,000 of the cost.  This project will provide a further substantial improvement to minimize rusty water issues over and above the improvements we have enjoyed from Phases 1 and 2.  It also helps the operation of the system since valves and hydrants are replaced in all areas cleaned and lined.

Because the USDA grant/loan program is so cost effective, we will be able to improve a significant portion of our system for a minor impact on customer billings.  The $2.1 million project cost, with a 43% federal grant reimbursement, will cost each customer less than $4 per month on average.  We know every dollar is valuable to our customers, but are convinced that we need to complete this upgrade to our water mains, and this federal program is the most cost effective way to do it.

We ask for your support.  If you are a Pascoag Utility District qualified voter, please come to the Special Meeting at 6:30 p.m. on July 22, and vote in favor of this project.  We need your authorization to do this.  Our goal is to make our water system as reliable and efficient as our electric system, and every cost-effective capital improvement project we implement gets us closer to that goal.

Sincerely,

Al Palmisciano, Chairman, Board of Utility Commissioners

Mike Kirkwood, General Manager

CANVASS MEETING NOTICE

The Board of Utility Commissioners will be in session on Wednesday, July 17th 2019 from 7AM-3:30PM in the office of the Pascoag Utility District, 253 Pascoag Main Street, Pascoag, RI, for the purpose of canvassing and correcting the voting list to be used at the Special Meeting of the Pascoag Utility District to be held on Monday, July 22, 2019.

Who qualifies to Vote?

A “qualified voter” is (1) any person whose name appears on an active account with the Pascoag Utility District; and (2) in addition, who either resides in the Village of Pascoag or who owns property in the Village of Pascoag.

 

All meetings of the Pascoag Utility District are subject to the Open Meeting Laws, which includes requirements for access by those with special needs.  The Pascoag Utility District Business Office is accessible to persons with disabilities. Anyone wishing to attend the meeting, who may have special needs for access or services, such as a sign language interpreter must contact the District office at 568-6222 one (1) week prior to the scheduled meeting.

Free Home Energy Audits for PUD Customers-Now Includes Insulation, Air Sealing & Programmable Thermostat Incentives!!!

Home energy audits are critical for households to reduce energy use and lower their energy bills. Pascoag Utility District is offering free home energy audits, conducted by Energy New England. The energy audit will include a full home assessment, including all appliance, mechanical systems and building envelope. In addition, the auditor will have LED lightbulbs, smart strips and grounded power switches on hand, to install if applicable. If the home energy auditor recommends insulation, air sealing or programmable thermostats; PUD has incentives for each that customers can take advantage of.

  • Insulation Incentive: 75% up to $800
  • Air Sealing Incentive: 75% up to $500
  • Programmable Thermostat Incentive: Wireless $100 Non-wireless $25

Appointments are filling up fast, so make yours today! Please call 1-888-772-4242 for more details and to schedule and audit. This offer is for a limited time only and is subject to the availability of funding.

 

 

Annual Hydrant Flushing Maintenance Scheduled for May 13th-May 17th

The Harrisville Water Department and Pascoag Water Department will be performing annual maintenance flushing of hydrants on Monday May 13th through Friday May 17th between the hours of 9:00 AM and 3:00 PM.  This may cause some discoloration to the water in your service lines for a short period of time each day, as we remove sediment built up in the mains over the last year from all areas of the distribution system.   If you do experience discolored water, please run your water tap or taps until it clears-up.  Running the outside tap first, if you can, will help keep the discoloration from your internal plumbing.  Try not to run the hot water until the cold water lines are clear to keep sediment out of your hot water tank.  We apologize for the inconvenience while we perform this extremely important annual maintenance on our system.

Thank you for your cooperation and patience!

Pascoag Utility District’s Water Department is now offering a Water Service Line Protection Program!

Pascoag Utility District is pleased to announce the implementation of a new program designed to give our residential water customers peace of mind!

We now offer a Water Service Line Protection policy, that will insure your water service line from the curb-stop shut-off, to the water meter. Currently, the home owner would be responsible for any repairs to the water service line on their property.

The Water Service Line Protection policy would pay up to $3,000 per occurrence to repair your water service line and $2,000 per occurrence for such repair to the same section of public sidewalk or public road.

The cost of the Water Service Line Protection policy is $5.00 per month. A charge in that amount, would be added to your water bill each month-if you choose to participate. Customers that sign up prior to February 1, 2019 will be entered into a raffle to win $100 credit on their water bill!

For more information, please call the District office at (401) 568-6222.

Water Service Line Protection Program Terms and Conditions

Water Service Line Protection Program Confirmation Form

12th Annual Green Festival-September 8th 10AM-2PM

BURRILLVILLE, RI, September 8, 2018 – The Pascoag Utility District and The Town of Burrillville’s Parks and Recreation Department will be holding its 12th Annual Green Festival on Saturday, September 8th, 2018 from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. at the Stillwater Mill Center-100 Tinkham Lane, Harrisville, RI 02830. Reusable bags packed with energy saving information, recycling tips and much more, will be given to the first 500 attendees. The rain date is September 22, 2018.

Once a year, the Green Festival brings families from Northern Rhode Island together to explore ways to have a more sustainable lifestyle and future. Children will enjoy free fun activities, face painting, giant yard-size games and bucket truck rides, while adults can learn various ways to create a more environmentally conscious lifestyle from the more than 30 “green” vendors that will be participating in the festival. The Burrillville Farmers Market will be onsite with local fruits, vegetables and other fine products. Gotta Q Smokehouse BBQ will be on site offering lunch and snacks to purchase. There will be “Good times, good music” with local musician, Jimmy Joel.

For the first time ever this year, The Green Festival will feature an Electric Car Show and Test Drive Event. In coordination with the Rhode Island Office of Energy Resources, People’s Power & Light & Rhode Island DEM Air Quality, electric car models will be displayed from Paul Masse Chevrolet, BMW of Warwick, and Central Mitsubishi. Vehicles slated to be on hand include the BMW i3, Chevrolet Volt and Bolt EV, and the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV, among others.  Ride and drive the vehicles in a non-sales environment and learn how to switch to an electric vehicle without switching up your everyday life.

In addition, the Jesse Smith Memorial Library will be holding a Drive Green workshop in its community room. The free, 30-minute workshop, put on by People’s Power & Light, will let you know how you can save on an electric vehicle with their group discount, dispel some of those EV myths and more.

A raffle will be held with donated items from various local businesses and green vendors. All proceeds from the raffle will be donated to the Burrillville Weekend Snack Pack Programa not for profit joint effort between Burrillville Parks and Recreation, the Burrillville Lions Club, the Jesse M. Smith Memorial Library, and the Berean Baptist Church — to provide weekend food for at-risk Burrillville youth.

For more information on this free family event, please contact Pascoag Utility District at 401-568-6222 x223 or the Town of Burrillville Parks & Recreation Department at 401-568-9470.

SmartFlower Solar Installation

This is Scott Rabideau cutting the ribbon for the new SmartFlower solar installation at his and his wife Beth’s property on Hill Road. With him for the ribbon cutting are Mark Conroy of SmartFlower North America and Commissioner Carol Grant, head of the Rhode Island Office of Energy Resources. This unit will produce over 2.3 kW of power, and will save Scott and Beth money on their energy bills through Pascoag Utility District’s net metering program. The unit is a unique design that opens up automatically in the morning, folds back down at night or during high winds, and tracks the sun throughout the day. Pretty cool stuff! Congratulations to Scott and Beth for this very unique renewable energy addition.

Don’t forget! The Green Festival is right around the corner!

11th Annual Green Festival Sponsored by Pascoag Utility District and Burrillville Parks & Recreation!

Saturday, September 9, 2017

10:00-2:00PM

Stillwater Mill Center

100 Tinkham Lane

Harrisville, RI 02859

This year’s Green Festival is shaping up to be our biggest one yet! We have a great line up of green vendors in attendance and tons of activities planned for the day!

The Festival has something for everyone! Learn about local products and ideas that will help you conserve energy and create a more sustainable lifestyle. There will be free crafts, face painting and bucket truck rides for children.

This year the Jesse Smith Memorial Library will be holding two workshops on composting and beekeeping in their community room. Secrets of Composting with URI Master Gardeners will be held at 11:30AM and Beekeeping with Betty Mencucci will be held at 12:30.

The Burrillville Farmers Market will be under the Pavilion selling their amazing vegetables, baked goods and other fine products. Stop by and see all the great things they have to offer!  Kids can make a free craft!

Gotta Q Smokehouse BBQ will be on site offering lunch and snacks to purchase!  Musician, Dave Laprise of Accordian Cool will be performing music from big band, old standards, fifties, country, rock n’ roll, and light jazz.

And on top of all the great vendors, workshops and crafts we will have giant yard size Checkers, Twister, Connect 4 and many other fun games to play!!! Best of all, it’s free!

First 500 attendees get free bags reusable bags! Stop by the info booth for yours!

Save the Date! You won’t want to miss this!

Rain Date-September 23th