Atkins Reservoir (8/28/16): Currently down 7'10" with 87 million gallons remaining of 200 million
Pelham Reservoir currently unusable until Oct/Nov
In a presentation to the Select Board last night Assistant Town Manager Dave Ziomek gave a somewhat optimistic update about the slowly worsening water supply situation, citing the impact of mandatory water restrictions that went into effect August 19th.
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Last year peak was 4.1 mgd on September 6th but this year's target is 3.5 mgd
Of course the BIG test has yet to come. Last year September 6th, with a consumption of 4.1 million gallons, was peak day due to the return of our bread and butter college aged youth.
And suddenly everyone seems to remember the chaotic 1980 incident where the water system failed and UMass students had to be sent home.
The BIG difference this time around is Well 4 with a an output of 1.74 million gallons per day is online. Back in 1980 the treatment plant known as "Baby Carriage" adjoining Well 4 -- which has high levels of iron and manganese -- was still under construction.
Scenic Baby Carriage Treatment Plant, South East Street
Atkins Reservoir is dropping about an inch a day so by this time next month -- unless we get significant rainfall -- it will need to be shut down.
Without use of Reservoirs the Wells alone can pump out 4.72 million gallons
Town water quality report 2016
The key question is will this vital public water system, operating under stressful conditions and with our population about to almost double, hold?
Atkins Reservoir expanding sandbar: