Backup Water Supply Critical to Bristol County
John Jannitto, chairman of the Bristol County Water Authority, stresses need for a redundant system.
On behalf of the Bristol County Water Authority Board of Directors, I want to thank the community members who participated in the recent public forum on January 25, 2011 concerning BCWA's operations. We greatly appreciated the opportunity to share with you factual information about our operations and answer your questions.
We'd also like to thank the representatives from the Rhode Island Water Resources Board and Providence Water Supply Board who attended the meeting, and in particular, the Chief Engineer and General Manager of the Providence Water Supply board, Pamela Marchand, who explained why it's so critical that the BCWA maintain a redundant source of water so that we may proactively prepare for growth and prevent potential disruptions in service to our member communities.
As the General Manager of the Water Resources Board pointed out, state law mandates that the BCWA maintain its existing water production facilities and water sources in Massachusetts. To that end, the Water Resources Board has currently available $6.9 million toward the BCWA's Shad Pipeline and Child Street Treatment Plant Project.
The BCWA board unanimously supports moving forward with the Shad Pipeline Project and the Child Street Water Treatment Plant upgrade. To not maintain a backup water source would be unnecessarily risky to our customers. The East Bay Pipeline has a limited lifespan and repairs to it would be very difficuit and very time-consuming because the pipeline is buried under Narragansett Bay. It's imperative that the BCWA establish a backup water supply with its existing reservoirs and Water Treatment Plant so that the Authority can continue to provide customers with a dependable and uninterrupted supply of drinking water, not only for the present but also for the future.
Thank you again for the opportunity to share with you details on the BCWA's operations. We look forward to the opportunity to share with you even more information when the results of the independent efficiency audit currently in progress are released.
John M. Jannitto, Chairman, Bristol County Water Authority