Town Manager Paul Bockelman
Town Manager Paul Bockelman gave the Select Board a drought update on Monday and the report was pretty much nothing new.
Our wells, which draw from groundwater, are doing their job.
The state is requesting all water bans stay in effect at least through the end of October.
Atkins Reservoir, shut down since 9/21, is being "slow to respond" with water levels still down nine feet and 75 million gallons remaining out of 200 million when full.
Demand is still below average at just under 3 million gallons per day.
The water crisis has focused attention on water usage and the town is considering ways to give economic incentives for those who may conserve a tad more than their neighbor. Currently everyone pays the same rate no matter how great or small the usage.
At one time the town did have a rate differential where higher volume users were charged a little more. Interestingly the cut off for usage to fall into that catagory was so high it only impacted UMass/AMHERST.
1996 three year Strategic Agreement (Click to enlarge/read)
And they were unhappy about that so in the three year 1996 Strategic Agreement inserted a guarantee to keep it to 20 cents (the town was considering raising the differential) and then somewhere between the 1999 renewal and 2007 bump to a 5 year Strategic Agreement the differential was nixed altogether.
Just one of the many ways UMass steamrolled the town in those "Strategic Agreements".