Otter Rock Water Update
Supply line replaced, annual budget meeting June 11, water district board election results
Supply line replaced from spring #1 to reserviors.
An important supply line from spring #1 was replacd last month. This was important to preserve and improve the flow of water from that spring to our reserviors. As our superintendent had deduced earlier, there were significant leaks in the old line.
Annual budget meeting Tuesday, June 11
The water district will hold its annual bugdet meeting at 6 PM on Tuesday, June II. The budget committee will advise the board regarding the budget for fiscal year 2019-2020. The regular board meeting will follow. As always, both meetings are open to the public.
Four of the district’s five commissioner seats were filled during the May 21, 2019 election:
Position #2: Buz Backenstow, for a four year term.
Position #3: Pat Anderson, for a four year term.
Position #4: Buck Boston, for the two year completion of the current term.
Position #5: Dan Gleason, for a four year term.
Position #1, currently filled by Art Bradley, will be open for a four year term in May 2021.
Water meters and meter readers
Water meter installation continues throughout the district. Most of the installations will occur in the public right-of-way, although occasionally special circumstances may result in the meter connection being installed on the periphery of the customer’s property.
Water leaks continue to be discovered each month as a part of this process. leaks have been detected at service connections to the district water mains and in customer home plumbing. The service connections are showing obvious signs of age and corrosion. After installation, the new meters can disclose water flow, even when all intentional water use turned off in the home, indicating a leak somewhere in the customer’s plumbing system. The most common home plumbing problem is a silent toilet valve leak.
The leak discoveries and repairs associated with meter installation, combined with the community’s continued effort to conserve water, have resulted in a large reduction in water consumption compared to previous years.
The board has authorized a handful of volunteers to assist our superintendent, Jim Osburn, in reading the meters. Jim and the volunteers will be reading the meters monthly as we develop a reliable water database. You may notice them in their reflective vests around the end of each month.