Monthly Archives: August 2009

Water Emergency Notification From The City Of Gloucester

Posted by: cpantano on 08/30/2009 13:53:18
Updated by: cpantano on 08/30/2009 13:53:18
Expires: 09/02/2009 00:00:00
WATER UPDATE: SUNDAY, AUGUST 30, 2009

INFORMATION RELEASE – AUGUST 30, 2009

Information Release – August 30, 2009

Gloucester, MA – Representatives of the City of Gloucester, Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (DEP), United Water (the city’s contract operator for the city’s water treatment plants), experts from Camp Dresser McKee, Inc. (qualified consultants with expertise in water systems) along with local and state elected officials will be meeting on Monday, August 30, 2009 in order to assess the current water emergency, and determine the appropriate course of action as we move forward.

According to the city’s Public Information Officer, Deputy Chief Miles Schlichte, the agreed upon course of action to date is not having the desired result of zero coliform counts. This plan has consisted primarily of aggressive flushing and boosting chlorination of the water distribution system.

Corrective actions have focused on maintaining chlorine levels sufficient to remove the presence of total coliform without over chlorinating the system.  In addition, maintaining the city’s water needs for fire protection and sanitation purposes has added to the difficulty in moving through this episode more quickly.

“We will move as rapidly as we can but we will only move as fast as what is determined to be in the best interest of public health and safety,” said Mayor Carolyn Kirk.  “I know that this has been very difficult on the residents and businesses of Gloucester, and appreciate the continued patience on the part of the residents and the business community while we work to resolve this complex problem.”

The outdoor water ban was lifted on Saturday, August 29 because the city achieved its goal of filling the reserve capacity at Bond Hill with clean water.

The boil water order is still in effect while we attempt to resolve this matter.

The city will continue to provide twice daily updates to the community for the duration of this event.

For more information, please contact:

Public Information Officer

Deputy Chief Miles Schlichte


25th Annual Gloucester Schooner Festival Next Weekend!

25th Annual
Gloucester Schooner Festival

September 4 – 7, 2009

The Festival is sponsored by the Cape Ann Chamber of Commerce
(Schedule will be updated as events are confirmed. Last update: 8/17/2009.)

FESTIVAL SCHEDULE

Friday, September 4, 2009

All Day Arrival of Participating Vessels.

10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Cape Ann Museum visiting hours.

10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Essex Shipbuilding Museum visiting hours.

10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Gloucester Maritime Heritage Center visiting hours.

5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Mayor’s Reception for invited guests.

Saturday, September 5, 2009

10:00 a.m.
Skippers Meeting for all Traditional Small Craft, at Solomon Jacobs Park, immediately adjacent to the U.S. Coast Guard Station on Harbor Loop.

10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Deck Tours aboard the Adventure and Children’s Activities dockside at Cruiseport Gloucester.

10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Bluenose II Open House at Gloucester Maritime Heritage Center.

10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Gloucester Maritime Heritage Day at the Gloucester Maritime Heritage Center on Harbor Loop. Free to all.

10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Cape Ann Museum visiting hours.

10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Essex Shipbuilding Museum visiting hours.

12:00 noon – 4:30 p.m.
Open House at US Coast Guard Station, Harbor Loop.

1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Start of Sailing Races for Traditional Small Craft, off Eastern Point Light.

1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Search & Rescue Demonstration by the U.S. Coast Guard
off Harbor Loop.

6:00 p.m.
Festival Crew Party for invited guests. Gloucester House Restaurant.

7:30 p.m.
Boat “Parade of Lights”.

9:15 p.m.
Fireworks Display over Gloucester Harbor. (following Parade of Lights, time approximate)

Sunday, September 6, 2009

8:00 a.m.
Skippers Meeting for all Schooners sailing in Mayor’s Race at Solomon Jacobs Park, immediately adjacent to the U.S. Coast Guard Station on Harbor Loop.

9:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Shuttle Bus to Eastern Point Light, from Eastern Point Gate (Eastern Point Boulevard at Farrington Avenue) to watch the start of the Mayor’s Race. Free of Charge.

9:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
Parade of Sail as Schooners proceed from Inner Harbor, past the Fishermen’s Memorial on Stacy Boulevard, to the race starting area off Eastern Point.

10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Deck Tours aboard the Adventure and Children’s Activities dockside at Cruiseport Gloucester.

10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Essex Shipbuilding Museum visiting hours.

10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Gloucester Maritime Heritage Center visiting hours.

11:00 a.m.
Start of Mayor’s Race for Esperanto Cup, Ned Cameron Trophy and Betty Ramsey Trophy off Eastern Point.

1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Cape Ann Museum visiting hours.

6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Reception and Awards Ceremony for contestants and invited guests at the U.S. Coast Guard Station on Harbor Loop.

Monday, September 7, 2009

“Rain Day” for recovery from postponements caused by inclement weather. ONLY IF REQUIRED.

10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Gloucester Maritime Heritage Center visiting hours.

For more info, click here.

Vats Of Herring At The State Fish Pier

Last week herring was scarce with some bait companies completely sold out.  Yesterday the Cape Seafoods boats came in loaded.  Feast or famine.  Yesterday was feast.  It was all asses and elbows as the Cape Seafood Crew earned their pay offloading a whole buttload of fish.

Outdoor Gloucester Water Ban Lifted

Posted by: cpantano on 08/29/2009 18:20:13
Updated by: cpantano on 08/29/2009 18:20:13
Expires: 08/31/2009 00:00:00
OUTDOOR WATER BAN LIFTED

The outdoor water ban has been lifted.
As per Mayor Kirk and DPW director Mike Hale, the outdoor water ban has been lifted beginning immediately.

Posted by: cpantano on 08/29/2009 18:22:52
Updated by: cpantano on 08/29/2009 18:22:52
Expires: 08/31/2009 00:00:00
WATER UPDATE: Saturday, August 29, 2009, 6:00 pm

Update follows.

Test Results from Friday, August 28, 2009

Laboratory results taken Friday, August 28th have not been received at the time of this posting.  As of Thursday, August 26th lab results, we are still getting hits of coliform in some areas of the city.

Water Supplements

We are no longer receiving water from Manchester. Supplemental chlorination pumps are active in 4 locations. Again, do not be alarmed if you are experiencing a slight increase in chlorine smell.

Bond Hill

Bond Hill water storage facility is full of clean treated water.

Summary

The Boil Water order remains in effect.

The next update will be published at noon on Monday, August 31st.