I’ve been asked to update GMG with the latest City of Gloucester Water Updates and Point folks to the City Website so here goes-
It would be nice if someone in the city web department could figure out how to use rss feeds so we could get this information updated directly and instantaneously. -Just a thought.
Announcements Posted by: cpantano on 08/24/2009 17:09:36
Updated by: cpantano on 08/24/2009 17:09:36
Expires: 08/30/2009 00:00:00
WATER UPDATE, MONDAY 8/24/09, 5:00 PM
As of 5 pm on Monday, August 24, 2009, further information is available
Unified Command / Public Information Officer
A Unified Command system has been in place since the middle of last week with representatives of the Administration, DPW, Board of Health, and Fire Department meeting as needed to evaluate the status and plan accordingly. In response to high demand for frequent communication, we are moving forward with all channels of communication available. To help address this issue, Deputy Fire Chief Miles Schlichte has been named as the Public Information Officer for the duration of this event. He will be working to get current and factual information out to the public with all available local media options including blogs.
As of this afternoon we will again be receiving water from Manchester. We stopped last Friday while we waited for a custom valve to be fabricated to prevent any chance of our water backflowing into Manchester’s water supply. The DPW and Fire Department will again be connecting the two systems together shortly.
Water Main Break
There was a water main break on Western Ave today. Prompt work by the DPW crews repaired the break and water is again flowing through that pipe. The road will be passable shortly if not already and is scheduled to be repaved on Wednesday.
Bond Hill Water Level
We did lose some of the gains we had made in the Bond Hill storage facility due to the water main break. Bond Hill water level as of this report is 7 ½ feet.
Test Results from Sunday, August 23, 2009
Test results from samples taken on Sunday indicate improvement on coliform levels over the previous days, but are still not within normal levels.
We are working on putting together a dedicated phone number together with a recorded message that any citizen can call for an update. The phone number will be announced on Tuesday, August 24, 2009. The message will be updated as the situation changes. If the message does not change you can assume the situation has not changed either.
We will be updating the city website in a more timely fashion as well. www.ci.gloucester.ma.us.
An update will be presented to the City Council at 7pm on Tuesday, August 25, 2009 in Kyrouz Auditorium. Command staff from the Administration, Department of Public Works, Fire, and Health Department will be available to answer questions, and the public is invited.
The Incident Command Staff is meeting regularly and contingency plans are in place in case the situation should worsen, but until today’s water break, things were slowly and steadily improving. These contingency plans include mutual aid plans for fire suppression.
The outdoor water ban and the boil water order remain in effect.