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Riverdale Water Company Board of Selectmen Presentation


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Riverdale Wtaer Company is Northbridge's nearest source of ultra-pure water. This is the presentation shown to the Northbridge Board of Selectmen outlining Riverdale Water Company's proposal to supply water tot he town.

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Riverdale Water Company Board of Selectmen Presentation

  1. 1. Presentation to Northbridge Board of SelectmenFebruary 13, 2012
  2. 2. Why Are We Here? Riverdale Water Company (RWC) is seeking a contract to supply the Town of Northbridge with high- quality, affordable waterthrough the Northbridge- owned distribution system. 2
  3. 3. About Riverdale Water Company Northbridge-based Riverdale Water Company, LLC was formed in 2003 to engage in the distribution and sale of water for drinking, domestic and industrial purposes, and the protection against fire in within the Town of Northbridge Riverdale Water Company was founded in 2000 with the purchase of a 47-acre parcel located off Quaker St. RWC drilled many exploratory wells until it found a location where excellent aquifer material was protected by an overlying clay layer RWC currently sells water to bulk water haulers who use it for swimming pools and cooling water for power plants 3
  4. 4. Town of Northbridge: Current Situation Excessive levels of iron in the brain have been linkedTwo Piping Systems  Whitinsville Water Company (WWC) to Alzheimers and owned and Town of Northbridge owned Parkinson’s disease  2,234 households are served by the Northbridge systemNorthbridge’s Current Water Supply, provided byWWC, Contains Levels of Iron and ManganeseThat Sometimes Exceed The National SecondaryMaximum Contaminant Levels  Undesirable aesthetics  Damage to water handling equipmentWWC’s supply, influenced by surface water, mustbe treated, driving up cost for Northbridgeresidents  WWC, in a report to the Department of Public Utilities projected the construction Certain populations should cost of the now operational water not ingest more than 0.3 treatment plant to be $5.9 M mg/L of manganese for greater than 10 consecutive days 4
  5. 5. Town of Northbridge: Current SituationNo Secondary Source of Water in Case of EmergencyWasting Water  30% of water pumped through the Northbridge system is being wasted because of leaking, inefficient water pipes  One of the highest unaccounted-for-water percentage in the state  MassDep recommends that unaccounted-for-water should be 10% or lower 5
  6. 6. Solution: It’s All About the WaterRWC has developed, permitted and constructed a new source of waterat no capital cost to Northbridge  More than $1.1 M has been spent to develop the source and build a pumping stationSince our last meeting…  Completed two pumping wells  Built a pumping station that will be operable in March 6
  7. 7. Solution: It’s All About the Water RWC’s source is unique as it has no iron or manganese  The concentration of iron found in WWC’s water supply ranges from 0-2 mg/L and the concentration for manganese ranges from 0-0.36 mg/L RWC’s aquifer, at 90 to 124 feet below ground, is protected by a thick layer of silt and clay, ensuring no surface water is able to cause contamination RWC has the ability to supply 277 million gallons per year  Town purchased 191 million gallons wholesale from WWC in 2009 7
  8. 8. Why Is This Important to Northbridge?Health Residents of Northbridge will receive healthy, quality water free of iron and manganeseAesthetics Northbridge’s water supply will not cause damage to property coming into contact with waterEmergency Preparedness With a secondary supplier such as RWC, Northbridge will be prepared in case of drought or other emergencies  RWC will be ready to supply water in April (pending permit approval) as drought-season approaches 8
  9. 9. Why Is This Important to Northbridge?Economic Leaking, inefficient pipes will be replaced as RWC stands ready to apply for Federal and/or State grants to upgrade pipes By conserving water, excess water would be available to sell to adjacent towns, generating revenue for Northbridge  Estimated $150,000 to $260,000 in revenue based on water saved by repaired pipes Potential reduction in water costs for residents and businesses connected to Northbridge pipes 9
  10. 10. Next Steps Receive Letter of Intent From Board of Selectmen to Prove RWC’s Customer Base Secure State Permit to Expand Approved Pumping Volume From 0.138 million gallons per day to 0.76 million gallons per day Northbridge Contract with RWC to Supply Water to the Customers of the Northbridge Distribution System (up to 277 million gallons per year)RWC to Apply for Federal and/or State Grants to Detect and Repair Leaks in Pipes 10
  11. 11. Q&A 11