Dorset Water Emergency Continues
As part of the continuing water emergency, the Dorset Fire District has imposed service limits on the Dorset public water system.
On October 10, the reservoir’s water level fell to dangerously low levels, due to the continued lack of rainfall. Water restrictions imposed on September 18 were not enough to keep up with demand, forcing officials to begin limited service. Regular service will not be reinstated until the water level in the reservoir returns to a safe level. The water supply is now being turned off between the hours of midnight and 6 a.m. on a nightly basis. District officials are hopeful that shutting off the water each night will allow the springs to keep up with daily usage.
The fire district is also issuing a boil water order, which became effective on October 12. All water for drinking, ice making, brushing teeth, washing dishes and food preparation should be brought to a rolling boil for one minute before it is used, until further notice. Because of the nightly shut-offs, the water system will be experiencing fluctuations in water pressure, introducing the possibility for bacteria and other harmful organisms.
Efforts continue to diagnose and fix leaks in the water system. Eight leaks have been recently located by our consultant, Matchpoint Water Asset Management. These leaks exist in water mains, which is the responsibility of the district, and service lines, which is the responsibility of property owners. Should water customers be contacted by the district with a notice of a leak in a service line, they are required to have the leak fixed within 15 days. Water officials can aid you in the process by marking the location of the leak and recommending contractors to perform the work. Fixing all these leaks will help the situation, but soaking rains are also needed to enable higher production from the springs.
Users of the water system can visit the district’s website, dorsetfiredistrict.org, for status changes on water restrictions, and sign up to receive automatic email updates. For further information, call Jim McGinnis at 802-375-4021 or email to [email protected]