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Board of Directors meets at
Water Co-operative office, generally on the second Thursday evening of
The Business Manager receives direction from the Board for the
operation of the Water Co-operative.
Sections of the water system are over 40 years old and require periodic repair. We have had numerous leaks in the system, mostly with black plastic piping. The typical leak is repaired in-place with no interruption of service. We are fixing all minor repairs and additions are performed by our contract plumber.
As part of our operational goals, we seek to minimize interruption of service. When necessary to shutdown a section of the system, we will post signs in the affected areas, a day in advance.
Future plans also call for additional isolation valves which will allow us to shutdown smaller sections of the community without affecting the entire system.
Beaches Water Co-operative is responsible for the water service up-to and including the corporation stop valve which is located at the curb box at the street. Whenever possible, we will work with the homeowner to coordinate repairs to their side of the line. In these cases, we will come out and turn the water on and off as needed. The corporation stop valve shall not be operated by anyone other than water company personnel.
Water is treated with gaseous or liquid chlorine within the treatment plant and then stored in a local tank which is pressure fed to the distribution system. Chlorine residuals are tested daily, and water quality is monitored through monthly operational reports and routine inspections administered by the Maryland State Department of the Environment, and by the federal EPA.
Currently, under provisions of the Safe Water Drinking Act (SWDA), water quality is monitored for over 80 potential contaminants. Accordingly, BWC is operating in full compliance with all water standards under SDWA and enforced by EPA. If we should ever fail to meet these standards, all affected members would be notified immediately. The water system supplies 105,000 gallons of water per day to our members, as well as providing fire protection at any one of our 20 fire hydrant locations.