2017 Annual Report
Board of Trustees
Jericho-Underhill Water District
P.O. Box 174
Underhill, Vermont 05489
October 1, 2016 to September 30, 2017
Former JUWD trustee president, Peter Mitchell, served as Moderator for the 2016 Annual Meeting. The Board consisted of Joseph P. O’Brien, President, Jason P. Ritter, Trustee and Stephen Jennings, Trustee. Jane Maheux served as Clerk and Treasurer and the assistant Clerk was Jason Ritter. Meter Reader and Collector was Dwight DeCoster, and the Auditors were Vicki Milton, Harland Blodgett, and Bill VanDeVenter. Marc Maheux performed the duties of Chief Operator and was assisted by Assistant Operator Michael R. Willard. Helen Miller was our local water tester. The Board wishes to thank everyone for their work this past year.
The Jericho-Underhill Water District provided drinking water and fire hydrant access to 324 residential and business connections representing about 900 people within the District. During the past year drinking water supplied to the District averaged about 48,000 gallons per day. Water delivered to District customers this year was of high quality and adequate quantity and met all state and federal requirements.
Listed below are some highlights of the past year:
- Our staff continued identifying all roadside curb stops so that we could have all locations mark by GPS technology as part of the Drinking Water Asset Management Grant that we received. Mapping of all assets will be completed throughout the year and all data will be digitalized.
- The Board of Trustees worked on new language and made editing changes in the district’s Regulations Manual. Work on this continued for most of the year.
- The Board was informed that our engineered plan of improvement for customers on Maple Ridge Road was approved by the State as a ‘fundable project’. The estimated cost of $350,000 that would take customers off the cistern at the top of the road and provide required pressure levels was discussed. The Board decided not to bring the funding question (bonding vote) to our customers for the project because of the cost and improvements for only eight homes.
- The Board and staff reviewed our Allocation for Service application process and added new language requiring more details from those seeking to become customers of the JUWD. We now require engineer drawings for all new hook-ups.
- We were very pleased with the work of O’Leary and Burke Engineering of Essex in their continued documentation by GPS of all curb stops and all service lines and other JUWD assets.
- Marc Maheux, our Chief Operator, created a computer application that accompanies our meter reading program that monitors overuse for individual house readings. This program alerts us to possible leaks, especially in homes that may be vacant for extended periods.
- The JUWD Capital Improvement Plan was reviewed throughout the year. Items of improvement needs with time lines and estimated costs are tracked with this plan. The Board has a goal of slowly building up funds for Capital Improvement so that we can make need repairs and improvements without bonding or borrowing money.
- Assistant Operator Mike Willard temporarily supported the JUWD in the role of Chief Operator as Marc Maheux had back surgery and physical therapy. Marc continued to advise the district in a limited role for over a month.
- Testing of water continued throughout the year with excellent results. We tested for lead, nitrates, radium, coliform bacteria and acids.
- A large loss of water was recorded in April and we finally found an extensive break in the service line at the Underhill I D School. Repairs were complete and approximately 15,000 to 20,000 gallons of water per day were save from going into the ground. Underhill ID School had another break in the service line in June and was required to replace their entire service line.
- A large leak was also discovered on Maple Ridge Rd in July. A quick fix was completed on a cracked pipe feeding the cistern. Thanks to Ralph Russin Excavating for their quick and steady response.
- The Board adopted a budget for the 2019 FY with a 3.5% increase in rates.
- The average water use through the year has been about 48,000 gallons per day with the exception of two months when leaks and broken pipes were discovered. We are presently investigating problems with one of our wells and pumps. Repairs have been made to bring pumping capacity up to previously recorded levels. More investigation is continuing on Pump #1 while Pump #2 is producing all water being pumped to our three tanks.
Joseph P. O'Brien, President
Jason Ritter, Trustee
Stephen Jennings, Trustee