We know that the last six months have been difficult for many of you. However we’re now returning to a “new normal,” and that means – beginning November 1, 2020 – the Maine Public Utilities Commission will again allow utilities to disconnect services for non-payment.
In addition to your regular water bill, Newport Water District has continued to send Reminder Notices to all past due accounts so all customers are aware of their outstanding balances.
Possible sources for financial assistance to pay your water bill may be found through
· Your town or city general assistance program
· Dialing 2-1-1 or www.211maine.org
If you cannot pay the full past due amount, please contact us for a payment agreement.
When you make a payment agreement, you must make the payments as
scheduled and you must pay any new water bills by the due date. If you keep the
payment arrangement, we will waive finance charges on bills issued during the
disconnection moratorium. If you do not keep the payment agreement, the charges will not be waived.
Thank you for your attention to this important matter as we move forward.
Much of Maine is currently experiencing moderate to severe drought conditions, as shown in the most recent United States Drought Monitor and NOAA Northeast River Forecast Center (NERFC) Precipitation Departures Maps. While we may luck out and experience significant rain soon, there’s a good chance that surface and groundwater resources won’t be recharged until at least mid to late September, when the annual fall rains typically arrive.
The Maine CDC Drinking Water Program (DWP) advises public water suppliers to begin communicating with customers regarding voluntary water conservation measures. This is particularly important in areas experiencing moderate to severe drought. These voluntary measures can be an effective means of addressing water quantity deficits until natural recharge occurs. The DWP offers the following ideas for voluntary water conservation measures:
Outside Water Use:
• Avoid watering lawns;
• Water garden plants only when necessary, either early in the day (before 9AM) or late
in the evening (after 5PM) to avoid water loss by evaporation;
• Keep grass a bit longer than usual to promote soil moisture retention and help it
develop a deeper root system;
• Avoid washing cars and other vehicles;
• Instead of using water to clean walkways, decks, or driveways, use a broom; and
• Cover swimming pools when they are not in use to prevent evaporation.
Inside Water Use:
• Take shorter showers (approximately 5 minutes or less); avoid baths;
• Turn off water while brushing your teeth or shaving;
• Wash only full loads of laundry and dishes;
• Collect and reuse clean household water (e.g., water from cooking can be used to
water plants); and
• Fix any leaks you may find around the house, including leaky toilets, which can use
up to 200 gallons of water per day.
Consider reaching out to customers who use large quantities of water to see if they can modify operations to temporarily decrease their water use. And let your fire department know of any water shortages you experience, as they may be able to draw from alternate water sources if available for fire suppression and other needs.
The DWP would be pleased to review any voluntary water conservation messaging prior to its release. We ask that any public water suppliers requesting voluntary conservation measures from their customers please notify us and share a copy of the messaging with us. We will convey this information to the PUC so that if/when customers or the press reach out with questions we can support your efforts.
The Drinking Water Program’s Drought webpage has more information, resources, and up-to-date drought maps that may be useful during this time. For questions regarding droughts, or to report a water shortage, please contact your DWP Inspector or call the DWP at 207-287-2070.
The Newport Water District is committed to providing quality drinking water to our customers within Newport and Palmyra, Maine. It is our mission to evaluate, plan and adequately fund the District to a level that will insure sufficient, safe, drinking water for our customers, while striving to control costs and maintain affordability. The health of the environment in Newport and Palmyra is crucial to protecting our natural water resources. Protection of the Nokomis Pond watershed is vital and critical to insure affordable, safe public drinking water for the communities of Newport and Palmyra.
Newport Water District is a quasi-municipal, non-profit, public utility district established by the Maine State Legislature in 1975. In 1980, the District purchased the utility from Maine Water Company. The District is governed by a locally elected five member Board of Trustees.
All public water utilities in Maine are regulated by the Maine Public Utility Commission (Maine PUC approves construction standards, service criteria, Terms & Conditions, and water rate schedules). The Maine Dept. of Health & Human Services regulates the Maine Drinking Water Program (DWP), which oversees public water utilities (DWP administers grants and loans, assisted by Maine Municipal Bond Bank). The DWP trains and licenses certified water operators and monitors the utilities’ monthly water quality reporting. The Maine Department of Environmental Protection oversees watershed land area regulations, source of supply and water withdrawal rates. Yes, we are highly regulated!!!
The District’s source water is Nokomis Pond, which is located within the towns of Newport and Palmyra, Maine. Nokomis has a surface area of approximately 186 acres with a maximum depth of 24 feet and an average depth of 10 feet. The pond has an estimated volume of 565,000,000 gallons. There are fewer than 12 abutting property owners on Nokomis Pond. The watershed, as identified by Maine Drinking Water Program, has approximately 1443 acres and is made up with approximately 12 property owners in Newport and 48 property owners in Palmyra.
The District serves approximately 625 customers, with a population equivalency of 1625. There is a staff of four (4) full time employees (three are State Certified water operators). There is also a part-time employee who assists with many of the maintenance items. The staff oversees the watershed and pond area, the water treatment facility, three water storage tanks and two pump stations, and approximately fifteen miles of various diameter (2” to 12”) water mains and nearly one hundred fire hydrants; also, customer service, metering program, billing and the many financial reports that are required.
Administration and Staff
The District has a five-member, locally-elected Board of Trustees, each of whom serves a five year term. The Staff is made up of a Superintendent, Administrative assistant, Water Treatment Operator, Distribution/Maintenance Operator and a part-time skilled laborer. Total 2013 annual revenue from water sales was $708,000 and the current debt load is $2.8 million.
AJ Newhall, Superintendent
The slow sand filtration plant was built in 1994. A patented process called “Magnetic Ion Exchange” (MIEX) was installed as pretreatment to the existing slow sand filters in 2009. The MIEX process uses a patented magnetized resin that captures and removes approximately 80% of the "moderate to short-chain" dissolved organic molecules present in the District’s surface water supply. These are commonly referred to as the “precursors” to formation of disinfection byproducts. The MIEX process was selected after an extensive search for an “alternative source” (ground water) failed. Treatment also consists of the following: disinfection with sodium hypochlorite, fluoridation with silly acid, pH adjustment with sodium hydroxide, and corrosion control with a polyphosphate blended corrosion inhibitor.
Distribution (pump stations, water mains and water services)
The District has three storage tanks providing a total storage capacity of 1.12 million gallons. Two of the storage sites are set up as “pump storage”. All three storage tanks have Tide-flex mixing systems that were installed in the fall of 2009. The Tide-flex systems help maintain a complete mix in the storage tanks and prevent stagnation and potential ice damage. Newport Water District maintains approximately 15 miles of water mains, which vary in diameter 2” to 12”. There are approximately 650 water service lines. All active customer accounts are metered (except fire service lines).
Administration and Staff
The District has a five-member, locally-elected Board of Trustees, each of whom serves a five year term. The Staff is made up of a Superintendent, Administrative assistant, Treatment Plant Operator, Distribution/Maintenance Operator and a part-time skilled laborer.
No Emergencies at this time.
NEWPORT WATER DISTRICT AGENDA
BOARD OF TRUSTEE’S MEETING
Thursday, September 24th, 2019 at 6:00 P.M.
At the Newport Water District Office 124 Moosehead Trail
a. Efforts to get Hellan strainer up and running
b. UV monitor for MIEX reactor
NEWPORT WATER DISTRICT ANNUAL DISTRICT MEETING
Thursday, September 24, 2020 at 7:00 P. M.
At the Newport Water District Office 124 Moosehead Trail
1. Call Annual Meeting to order
a. Welcome the Public
b. Verification of proper notice
c. Verification of quorum
2. Chairman’s call for Election of Moderator
3. Moderator’s call for Motion to Elect Officers
and Oath of Office for officers and trustees
4. Superintendent’s Overview of the District and future goals
5. Open discussion with attending public
6. Other related business
At Newport Water District office. We are also publishing it on Facebook and NWD website.website.