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Aug 23, 2006 Meeting Minutes - Fayette County Government

Aug 23, 2006 Meeting Minutes - Fayette County Government

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would have been for about twenty hours. It would not have been much water at all. He is willing to pay whatever it takes to put it in, and pay a minimum bill even though he won’t be using it. But, he would be glad to pay the minimum bill. Mr. Parrott commented that we need to address the situation of having our system hooked up and the well system hooked up at the same time. We require an individual homeowner to disconnect the well and we only provide water if they have no other source hooked up at the same. The only exceptions are the two accounts we have for the City of Fayetteville and the Town of Brooks. They both have a system and we provide backup water for them through a contract. This is a little different, since it is just one subdivision. It is a State permitted water system. He is in compliance currently, with the State. Mr. Jeffries commented that he has spent a lot of money getting it where it needed to be. It was kind of run down. He redid all the well houses, put in new chlorine chemical pumps and paid the fees to the State, just like everybody else and run all the tests. Mr. Parrott stated the biggest question is, do we want to be a backup water source for a private well system? Chairman Watkins commented that from the mechanics of it, you could put an atmospheric backflow in and a section of pipe. He has to leave that piece of pipe out, where there is no cross connection, until he needs our water source. Be totally disconnected from the County system. Mr. Jeffries stated there are 124 customers. Mrs. Venice asked how many well systems are in Fayette County. Mr. Parrott replied that he believes there are 11 private well systems. Mr. Jeffries commented that he is trying to purchase Dix Lee On across the street. Attorney Davenport commented another issue to think about, and this is no reflection on this particular system, just in general. At some point it is going to transition from an emergency use to an everyday use. For example, if the well system is low for reasons other than mechanical issues. If the backup is there, they tap into the county, but what period of time do you allow that to occur before you say the well system is not working properly and they need to come onto county water. There needs to be some kind of objective standard to say, under these circumstances, this is classified as emergency backup, but for this length of time, you need to transition from your private system to the County water system. This may not happen with this particular system, but inevitably over time something is going to fail with a private system. It is easier to pay the per thousand gallon usage versus the minimum per house and the thousand gallon usage per house. Mr. Parrott commented that we are closer than we were in the past to these private systems. We are not five miles away any longer. When the older Mr. Newton had this system, a pump went out and they were without water for three days. We were four miles away at that time. Wc8-23-06 2

Mr. Jeffries stated this system is all six inch pipe. The system was put in pretty good. The valves still work, the well houses were just run down. Every lot is metered. He has replaced nearly three fourths of the meters. Most of them had quit and they were guesstimating. He has replaced them with Sensus meters. He thinks he has made a lot of the people happy. He put a little attention toward the system. They saw a difference when he rebuilt the well houses. He has met most of them. He would just like to keep that day, here and there, since December 1 it has been only 1 day. If he had this backup, he could have turned it on and would not have gotten any phone calls. His biggest concern is in the winter time, if we have an ice storm, like we did back in the early 80’s. We lost power for four or five days. They are out of water, too, for four or five days. Then there would be no fire protection either. As long as he can keep the tank full, there would still be fire protection. The tank holds 30,000 gallons. That is usually more than enough to fight a fire. Vice Chairman Dr. Patton stated that he thinks we need to think this through. Mr. Parrott commented that we need a policy that would cover all private systems in Fayette County. Mr. Jeffries commented that he does mind paying a higher rate, if necessary. Mr. Jaeger asked if the tank is elevated. Mr. Jeffries replied that there is a 15,000 gallon pressure tank and if the pressure gets low, there is an elevated tank with a booster pump that will pull out of it to pump the system back up. He can stand a good 18 hours of down time. The tank and booster pump will keep up, but once that goes out, he has low pressure. Mr. Jaeger asked if he has backup power on the booster pump. Mr. Jeffries replied no, but he is looking at that. He is looking at getting a portable generator that he could leave on a trailer and hook it up. It would not take much, because it is just a two horse motor. It could probably run on one you could carry. Mr. Jaeger commented that fire protection is another issue. A two inch meter won’t supply fire protection in the event that his backup power wasn’t there for the booster pump. He would not have fire flow if he was out of power. Mr. Parrott commented that he has fire flow now, only because of the tank being full. Mr. Jeffries explained that there is some fire protection from gravity flow from the tank, and the booster pump kicks in. Chairman Watkins thanked Mr. Jeffries for his time and said that the Water Committee would discuss his request and get back to him. Mr. Jeffries thanked the committee for their time. The committee discussed at length the standard that needs to be developed in supplying a private well system, charges need to be determined, liability to the County if there were a fire during the time the County is supplying water on an emergency basis, and what size service is sufficient in the event of a fire. Wc8-23-06 3

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