Showing posts with label Water conservation. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Water conservation. Show all posts

Thursday, May 19, 2022

Topsoil moisture measure among worst in USA, hence water conservation measures start

In regards to the Drought Level 1 status announced by the Commonwealth last week, which has in turn started our water conservation measures some background info on the reason we are in the early stages of drought. Meteorologist shares this via his @growingwisdom Twitter account: 

"Here's a map for those who might think I am making a bigger deal about the soil moisture than need be. Most of southern New England's topsoil is in the lowest percentile compared to the average in the country. " 
Most of southern New England's topsoil is in the lowest percentile compared to the average in the country
Most of southern New England's topsoil is in the lowest percentile compared to the average in the country

Shared from Twitter: https://twitter.com/growingwisdom/status/1526895964182700033 

More drought information can be found at https://www.drought.gov/current-conditions 

On the conservation measures just implemented for Franklin, this is not a water ban, although if the drought conditions continue to worsen, that could come.

Thursday, May 12, 2022

Drought Status Level 1 declared, water conservation measures to begin today

DPW Notice - Water Conservation Measures Go Into Effect Today, Thursday, May 12, 2022.

Following sporadic rainfall totals during the last several months, which has resulted in below average precipitation numbers in eastern Massachusetts, Energy and Environmental Affairs Secretary Bethany Card declared a Level 1-Mild Drought in the Southeast and Islands Regions of the Commonwealth.

The declaration of a Level 1 drought has triggered the Town to enact Water Conservation restrictions as required per our Water Management Act permit through MassDEP. Therefore, the following Water Conservation Measures are now in effect as of today, May 12th, 2022.

  • One day per week outdoor watering.
  • Outdoor watering using sprinklers or automated irrigation systems is restricted to the water user's trash day. If the user does not have Town trash service, the user should water on the same day as the nearest Town trash customer. 
  • Outdoor watering is prohibited between the hours of 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m.
  • Hand watering is permitted anytime.

As a requirement of our Water Management Act Permit the Town is required to enact annual summer Water Conservation Measures. The conservation measures are needed to limit the daily demand on the water system in order to ensure water levels in the Charles River Water Shed basin remain at acceptable levels and that adequate water is available to meet the public health and safety needs of the Town. This measure is necessary to maintain the water levels in the tanks for fire protection and normal consumption. During the summer months, the Town experiences excessively high demands for water due to lawn watering. There have been 24-hour periods during which water consumption has been more than twice our average daily water usage for the year. Because of the tremendous increase in the demand for water and State restrictions on the amount of water that can be pumped daily, the Town of Franklin must place water conservation measures in effect for lawn watering during the summer months.

A total of 1-inch of water once per week from rain and watering promotes the healthiest lawns. Non-compliance with these regulations could adversely affect public health and safety. Violators are subject to fines up to $200. For additional information, visit the DPW website at www.franklinma.gov/public-works. Any questions should be directed to the Department of Public Works at 508-520-4910.

Please see our website for more information: https://www.franklinma.gov/water-sewer-division/pages/water-conservation 

Thank you for your cooperation!

Franklin DPW

Shared from: https://www.franklinma.gov/home/news/dpw-notice-water-conservation-measures-go-effect-today-thursday-may-12-2022

PDF of the DEP map and Conservation Measures sign

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"May 11, 2022: Energy and Environmental Affairs (EEA) Secretary Bethany Card declared a Level 1 – Mild Drought in the Southeast and Islands Regions. The Western, Connecticut River Valley, Central, Northeast, and Cape Cod Regions are at a Level 0 - Normal condition. 
Read more on our drought status page."

Per the map included Franklin is part of the Southeast and Islands region.

The water conservation measure will begin with this announcement on Wednesday. At the Finance Committee Budget Hearing Wednesday, it was confirmed during the discussion that instead of making the conservation measure effective after Memorial Day, with the change to Level 1, they will start now. 

Additional info will be coming from the DPW as the announcement has triggered the implementation sooner than anticipated.

The MA DEP drought status page can be found  https://www.mass.gov/info-details/drought-status

The Town of Franklin water conservation info -> https://www.franklinma.gov/water-sewer-division/pages/water-conservation

Drought Status Level 1 declared, water conservation measures to begin
Drought Status Level 1 declared, water conservation measures to begin

Town of Franklin DPW wins "Water Conservation Award" for 2021 from MA DEP and US EPA

"Yesterday, your Public Works Department received the esteemed 2021 "Water Conservation Award" form the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) and the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

This award is given out for successes in un-accounted for water (Town is less then 6%), average daily use by capita (we are a 46 gallons per person) and over all environmental stewardship.
This is truly a community award!
Your Franklin Public Works does run the Water Department on a Daily biases, but with out the investments of the Council in the infrastructure and all your help in water conservation measures this award would not be possible. So we all need to pat ourselves on the back for a job well done!"

Shared from Facebook ->    https://www.facebook.com/100064487150311/posts/366751995484369/ 

Town of Franklin DPW wins "Water Conservation Award" for 2021 from MA DEP and US EPA
Town of Franklin DPW wins "Water Conservation Award" for 2021 from MA DEP and US EPA

Saturday, March 12, 2022

Finance Committee gets a deep dive into all things DPW - March 9, 2022 (audio & transcript)

FM #750 = This is the Franklin Matters radio show, number 750 in the series. 


This session of the radio show shares the Finance Committee meeting held Wednesday, March 9, 2022. 


Most of the meeting was the presentation and discussion on the overview of the DPW presentation and discussion. While Director Robert (Brutus) Cantoreggi did not present this time, his team: 

  • Derek Adams - Environmental Supervisor

  • Doug Martin - Water/Sewer Supervisor

  • Kathy Mooradd - Admin & Budget Manager

did more than cover for him. They expertly presented and answered questions providing a level of detail (without notes in many cases) such that was clear they knew what they were doing. 


NEW: A transcript of the recording is available. The transcript is part of a pilot by Franklin Matters using the transcription service provided by Otter.ai https://otter.ai/ 


The meeting opened at 6:30 PM and ran an hour and 10 minutes.

Audio file -> https://franklin-ma-matters.captivate.fm/episode/fm-750-finance-committee-mtg-03-09-22


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Meeting agenda and presentation document ->

https://www.franklinma.gov/sites/g/files/vyhlif6896/f/agendas/3-9-22_fin_com_meeting_agenda_0.pdf


Meeting transcript -> 

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1XClkmA0iMWJtFkA6ca5McbuhoFLcK1V4/view?usp=sharing 


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We are now producing this in collaboration with Franklin.TV and Franklin Public Radio (wfpr.fm) or 102.9 on the Franklin area radio dial.  


This podcast is my public service effort for Franklin but we can't do it alone. We can always use your help.

 

How can you help?

  • If you can use the information that you find here, please tell your friends and neighbors

  • If you don't like something here, please let me know


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For additional information, please visit Franklinmatters.org/ or www.franklin.news/


If you have questions or comments you can reach me directly at shersteve @ gmail dot com


The music for the intro and exit was provided by Michael Clark and the group "East of Shirley". The piece is titled "Ernesto, manana"  c. Michael Clark & Tintype Tunes, 2008 and used with their permission.


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Finance Committee Agenda - March 9, 2022 - 6:30 PM
Finance Committee Agenda - March 9, 2022

Sunday, September 5, 2021

"united in their commitment to preserve and protect the natural water resources"

 

The MassDEP’s proposed changes to the Water Resources Management Program regulations (310 CMR 36.00) are promulgated under the Water Management Act (M.G.L. Ch. 21G), which regulates water withdrawals through registrations and permits to ensure an appropriate balance among competing water needs and the preservation of natural resources.

The proposed regulatory changes would add a new condition to registrations that would restrict nonessential outdoor water use during times of drought declared by the secretary of Energy and Environmental Affairs. Nonessential outdoor water use includes lawn watering, filling swimming pools, washing cars by means of a hose, and washing down buildings, parking lots, driveways and sidewalks.

Continue reading the article online

Direct link to the MassDEP proposed changes

The permit process was part of the three part podcast series with the Franklin Water Dept. You can find and listen to all three episodes here: 

 

three part podcast series with the Franklin Water Dept
three part podcast series with the Franklin Water Dept

Wednesday, August 25, 2021

FM #590 - The Franklin (MA) DPW Water Series 07/15/21 - P3 of 3

FM #590 = This is the Franklin Matters radio show, number 590 in the series. 


This session of the radio show shares my conversation with Doug Martin, Franklin’s Water and Sewer Superintendent and Jake Standly, the Assistant Water/Sewer Superintendent. 


We had our conversation in the Franklin Public Radio studios on Hutchinson St. This is the third of three in the series exploring the status and operations of the Franklin’s Water Dept. 



Part 3 - approx. 28 minutes

  • Water treatment process flow on last page of “Consumer Confidence Report”  CCR

  • CCR only shows what was found when tested

  • Programed with multiple fail safes, if deviation occurs outside of range, it shuts down

  • Safe in that it is also closed, no internet access to system controls

  • All of the water system is managed by four guys; Licenses required, continuing education required annually, training provided/supported by Town

  • Water enterprise account, Usage based services, quarterly billing per usage

  • Capital projects funded from ratepayers

  • Work to prepare for water and sewer line replacements as part of rebuilding the roads

  • Retained balance of $1M as a practice for “in case”

  • Increase reliability of SCADA system by switching to fiber from radio wave

  • Good to know; the water sewer world of infrastructure is a thing for consideration - job security and regular challenges; the industry is facing 60% of the workforce retiring in the next 10 years


The show notes include links to the Franklin Water Dept. page and other references.


Let’s listen to this part of my conversation with Doug and Jake and learn all about Franklin’s water supply.


Audio file -> https://player.captivate.fm/episode/3e921c80-30d7-4f9b-bd36-a8becc68be90



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Water Sewer Division - https://www.franklinma.gov/water-sewer-division

Water Smart program ->  https://www.franklinma.gov/water-sewer-division/pages/welcome-watersmart-program


Consumer Confidence Reports -> archive   = https://www.franklinma.gov/water-sewer-division/pages/consumer-confidence-reports


Consumer Confidence Report for 2020 us what we walked through during the conversation

https://www.franklinma.gov/sites/g/files/vyhlif6896/f/pages/franklin_ma_ccr_2020_web_final.pdf


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We are now producing this in collaboration with Franklin.TV and Franklin Public Radio (wfpr.fm). 


This podcast is my public service effort for Franklin but we can't do it alone. We can always use your help.

 

How can you help?

  • If you can use the information that you find here, please tell your friends and neighbors

  • If you don't like something here, please let me know


Through this feedback loop we can continue to make improvements. I thank you for listening.

 

For additional information, please visit Franklinmatters.org/  or www.franklin.news 


If you have questions or comments you can reach me directly at shersteve @ gmail dot com


The music for the intro and exit was provided by Michael Clark and the group "East of Shirley". The piece is titled "Ernesto, manana"  c. Michael Clark & Tintype Tunes, 2008 and used with their permission.


I hope you enjoy!

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You can also subscribe and listen to Franklin Matters audio on iTunes or your favorite podcast app; search in "podcasts" for "Franklin Matters"

 

FM #590 - The Franklin (MA) DPW Water Series 07/15/21 P3 of 3
FM #590 - The Franklin (MA) DPW Water Series 07/15/21 P3 of 3

Tuesday, August 24, 2021

FM #589 - The Franklin (MA) DPW Water Series 07/15/21 - P2 of 3

FM #589 = This is the Franklin Matters radio show, number 589 in the series. 


This session of the radio show shares my conversation with Doug Martin, Franklin’s Water and Sewer Superintendent and Jake Standly, the Assistant Water/Sewer Superintendent. 


We had our conversation in the Franklin Public Radio studios on Hutchinson St. This is the second of three in the series exploring the status and operations of the Franklin’s Water Dept. 


Part 2 - approx. 38 minutes

  • Permit process 20 years, midway through this one

  • Overall water usage per capita for Franklin is among the best in the state (~45-49gpp vs ~65gpp)

  • Unaccounted for water and meter standards, Franklin is a model community for this

  • Infiltration annual testing uses a “stethoscope for the road”

  • Town owns from the water main to the curb stop (water service shut off from street); Town also owns the meter

  • Meter read via radio today, may eventually get to an automatic send to a data collector; used to take 2 guys a month to read, now it takes one only a week to read the meters

  • WaterSmart system data based upon readings monthly; billing readings are monthly

  • Rebates available for high efficiency water use appliances

  • Annual Water report - highlights by section

  • Reference to working without the incredible asset of Dave Allard, now retired; 4 hours of a brain dump didn’t catch it all but he still answers the phone when they call

  • Key items explained, testing process, negligible results are shown for 20 or so items, another 100+ are tested with no findings, PFAS testing added per state DEP regs

  • Difference between water testing done by Town vs. Water bottles available in retail (FDA vs. DEP/EPA regulations)

  • Thanks to the 61 residents for participating in the lead and copper special testing required (lead goose necks)

  • WaterSmart website, Individual usage can be monitored, Leak detection service


The show notes include links to the Franklin Water Dept. page and other references.


Let’s listen to this part of my conversation with Doug and Jake and learn all about Franklin’s water supply.


Audio file -> https://player.captivate.fm/episode/a148dcea-1db5-49f2-b11c-e302009de27f



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Water Sewer Division - https://www.franklinma.gov/water-sewer-division

Water Smart program ->  https://www.franklinma.gov/water-sewer-division/pages/welcome-watersmart-program


Consumer Confidence Report for 2020 us what we walked through during the conversation

https://www.franklinma.gov/sites/g/files/vyhlif6896/f/pages/franklin_ma_ccr_2020_web_final.pdf


Consumer Confidence Reports -> archive   = https://www.franklinma.gov/water-sewer-division/pages/consumer-confidence-reports


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We are now producing this in collaboration with Franklin.TV and Franklin Public Radio (wfpr.fm). 


This podcast is my public service effort for Franklin but we can't do it alone. We can always use your help.

 

How can you help?

  • If you can use the information that you find here, please tell your friends and neighbors

  • If you don't like something here, please let me know


Through this feedback loop we can continue to make improvements. I thank you for listening.

 

For additional information, please visit Franklinmatters.org/  or www.franklin.news 


If you have questions or comments you can reach me directly at shersteve @ gmail dot com


The music for the intro and exit was provided by Michael Clark and the group "East of Shirley". The piece is titled "Ernesto, manana"  c. Michael Clark & Tintype Tunes, 2008 and used with their permission.


I hope you enjoy!

------------------


You can also subscribe and listen to Franklin Matters audio on iTunes or your favorite podcast app; search in "podcasts" for "Franklin Matters"

 

FM #589 The Franklin (MA) DPW Water Series 07/15/21 - P2 of 3
FM #589 The Franklin (MA) DPW Water Series 07/15/21 - P2 of 3

Monday, August 23, 2021

FM #588 - The Franklin (MA) DPW Water Series 07/15/21 - P1 of 3

FM #588 = This is the Franklin Matters radio show, number 588 in the series. 


This session of the radio show shares my conversation with Doug Martin, Franklin’s Water and Sewer Superintendent and Jake Standly, the Assistant Water/Sewer Superintendent. 


We had our conversation in the Franklin Public Radio studios on Hutchinson St. This is one of three in a series exploring the status and operations of the Franklin’s Water Dept. 


Part 1 - approx. 30 minutes

  • A brief on Doug and Jake’s Franklin ‘story’

  • New treatment plant, now operational, treating Wells 3 and 6; Well 6 is really a well field (of six separate wells)

  • Difference between registration and permitted amount to draw

  • Overall well status and supply (well summary on water report)

  • Water conservation measures are a ‘forever’ thing right? (per the permit from DEP)

  • Town wells draw from 40-50 feet where most private wells can draw from a 300-500 foot depth; if you have a private well, please put out a sign if you use it for irrigation

  • Finances on water rate and sewer rate calculations, aside from private wells and septic systems, it is usage based billing

  • Fire Dept working very closely with them on hydrant maintenance and water pressure opportunity areas to work towards an increase in the ISO certification for the Fire department; hydrant signage being added to help especially when out communities respond to help

  • E-coli hit on well 2A, notification only discussed; test result was from the ‘raw’ side of the water, not the ‘treated side’ of the supply; “the ground is just a big old filter, and when you get 6-8 inches of rain the ground just can't handle it”

  • The process worked, the testing and system ensures good water is being delivered all the time

  • PFAS testing currently State funded; testing at parts per trillion, not million as with most other; PFAS is pervasive; Testers can’t use Teflon pans or Tupperware before taking test sample (to avoid contamination of the sample)



The show notes include links to the Franklin Water Dept. page and other references.


Let’s listen to this part of my conversation with Doug and Jake and learn all about Franklin’s water supply.


Audio File -> https://player.captivate.fm/episode/a7deabf6-08b9-41d8-820c-8bee1aa437db



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Water Sewer Division - https://www.franklinma.gov/water-sewer-division

Water Smart program ->  https://www.franklinma.gov/water-sewer-division/pages/welcome-watersmart-program


Consumer Confidence Reports -> archive   = https://www.franklinma.gov/water-sewer-division/pages/consumer-confidence-reports


Consumer Confidence Report for 2020 us what we walked through during the conversation

https://www.franklinma.gov/sites/g/files/vyhlif6896/f/pages/franklin_ma_ccr_2020_web_final.pdf



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We are now producing this in collaboration with Franklin.TV and Franklin Public Radio (wfpr.fm). 


This podcast is my public service effort for Franklin but we can't do it alone. We can always use your help.

 

How can you help?

  • If you can use the information that you find here, please tell your friends and neighbors

  • If you don't like something here, please let me know


Through this feedback loop we can continue to make improvements. I thank you for listening.

 

For additional information, please visit Franklinmatters.org/  or www.franklin.news 


If you have questions or comments you can reach me directly at shersteve @ gmail dot com


The music for the intro and exit was provided by Michael Clark and the group "East of Shirley". The piece is titled "Ernesto, manana"  c. Michael Clark & Tintype Tunes, 2008 and used with their permission.


I hope you enjoy!

------------------


You can also subscribe and listen to Franklin Matters audio on iTunes or your favorite podcast app; search in "podcasts" for "Franklin Matters"

 

FM #588 The Franklin (MA) DPW Water Series 07/15/21 - P1 of 3
FM #588 The Franklin (MA) DPW Water Series 07/15/21 - P1 of 3