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Beaches Water Co.
5901 Hillside Road
P.O. Box 164
St. Leonard,  MD  20685-0164
410-586-8710  Office
apc@chesapeake.net
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August 23, 2000
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TOPICS INSIDE
Water Usage & Conservation
Capital Projects
     New Service Areas
     Line Upgrades
     New Emergency Generator
     Maintenance Shop
     Power Trencher
Cross Connections
Outages
Property Access
Financial
Proposed Rule Change
 
BWC OFFICE

LOCATION:
   5901 Hillside Rd
MAIL:
   P.O. Box 164
PHONE: 
     (410) 586-8710
WEB PAGE:
www.chesapeake.net/apc/bwc.html
EMAIL:
   apc@chesapeake.net
DROP BOX
   Outside Gate
 
Board of Directors
(As of August 2000)
Jack Jorgensen -  President
Stephen Davis – Vice President
Gary Clarke – Security / Treasurer
John Randall - Director
Dick Heibel - Director
Bill Bozman - Director
Tony Penna – Director
 
Contract Management
(As of August 2000)
Dennis DiBello - Business 
Manager/ Superintendent
Linda Speciale – Receptionist
Jackie Jacob - Bookkeeper
Kenny Grover – Operations Tech.
Ray Foster - Maintenance Tech.
 
 

Newsletter - Fall 2000
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Water Usage & Conservation

As we end the peak of the summer season our thirst for water has increased two fold – topping 6 million gallons per month and challenging our Maryland Department of Environment water usage limits.

As the custodian of our water, Beaches Water has always supported conservation.  Last year, prior to Governor Glendening instituting mandatory water restrictions, Beaches Water was already working to heighten the awareness of the effects of the drought conditions and recommended easy tips to curtail water usage.  This year we continue to ensure that our water is always available and economical for all co-operative members.  Listed below are some tips to assist in minimizing water usage:
 

Indoor water usage
*     Turn off the water while brushing your teeth.  Turning the water off can save 4-10 gallons of water per day.
*     Run the dishwasher only when you have a full load.  Dishwashers use up to 15 gallons of water for each load.
*     Run the clothes washer only when you have a full load.  Clothes washers use 20-25 gallons of water for each load.
*     Fix leaky faucets and toilets.  A leaky faucet or toilet can waste up to 25 gallons of water per day.
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Outdoor water usage
Beaches Water Co. discourages lawn watering.  Almost half the water used by Beaches Water members during the summer months is for outside water use, primarily lawn watering.  Most grasses can weather dry periods by going dormant.  Lawns quickly revive and turn green again after a rain fall.  Consider only watering plants that may die from a lack of water.  Here are some tips for effective watering if you have to water outside plants.

*      Don’t water on windy days.  The water only evaporates or blows to your neighbor’s yard.
*      Water every third day.  Over watering washes nutrients from the soil and can cause root rot. 
*      Water only long enough to put down ½” of water, use a soup can as a gauge.  More water will only wash nutrients below the root line.
*      If it rains don’t water for 2-3 days. 

Beaches Water is not suggesting conservation for the sake of conservatism.  But rather, our prudent use of this natural resource will ensure that we operate within the law and that water is available for future generations.  Community water allocation is calculated on a per household basis.  If we fail to use our water wisely, the Department of Natural Resources may impose mandatory water usage restrictions.

The aquifers from which our five pumping stations draw water are under a lot of stress.  The aquifers that we use are essentially underwater rivers originating in Pennsylvania and flow towards southern Maryland.  People throughout central and southern Maryland share water from the same aquifers.  Recent growth has put a huge demand on what was once thought to be an unlimited water supply.  The water level in the aquifers is dropping causing well failures throughout Southern Maryland.  Hence, the Department of Natural Resources has started to be more vigilant in monitoring water usage.  Again, if we fail to use our water wisely we may have mandatory restrictions imposed.


Cross Connections
A cross connection is a direct arrangement of a piping line that allows the potable water to be connected to a line that contains a contaminant.”

Cross connections are dangerous because they can cause illness and injuries.  It does this by providing the means of contaminant into the potable water system through siphonage or backflow.

Newer plumbing codes prohibit cross- connections except where an approved protective device is installed.  Common cross-connections are found in dishwashers, toilets, & garden hoses left in buckets/pools.  Call the BWC office for more details.

Stop by and get your free garden hose backflow preventer.


 
The hurricane season is here.  With the new emergency generator located at Slater Plant we can operate with a loss of SMECO power.  Slater is our largest pumping station with three wells and 120,000 gallon storage.  It can handle most of the water usage in the community during storm conditions. 

 
Volunteers Needed

As many of you know we built the office at the cost of materials using community labor.  Again we are asking for volunteers to build a maintenance shop on to the office.

Capital Projects

The board of directors has kept the staff busy with an aggressive schedule of capital projects.

New Service areas - Water lines have been extended to bring service to both the Calvert Beach Estates II and Kings Creek Estates II subdivisions.  The expansions will benefit current users by looping several dead end lines eliminating low pressure situations.  Also, increases in revenue and water allocation will aid in stabilizing the company.

Line Upgrades - This summer two projects will be completed to improve service on Hickory and Long Beach Rd. along the bay front.  New lines, valves and pressure regulating equipment will be installed.  These upgrades will not only improve pressure control throughout the system but also improve the system’s performance during electrical outages. As we upgrade lines, we are installing new fire hydrants to expand and improve the fire fighting capability in our service area.

New Emergency Generator - A new emergency generator is now installed at the Slater Plant on Hillside Rd.  The generator will enable us to keep you supplied with water service in the event of an extended power outage.  The equipment has been installed, tested and is fully operational.  Water service during such an emergency will be at a reduced pressure.

Maintenance Shop - As we become more independent we need to provide personnel with adequate facilities in which to work.  We are currently adding a maintenance shop addition to the office at the Slater Pumping station.  The shop will enable us to properly store equipment and spare parts, in addition to providing space for our technicians to work. 

Power Trencher - We recently purchased a used power trencher.  The acquisition of this valuable piece of equipment has enabled us to repair leaks and perform smaller line replacement projects quickly and efficiently, and at a fraction of the cost of using outside contractors.



 
Water Testing

Our water is tested monthly for bateria and annually for nitrites / nitaites.  We also test for lead and copper on a multi-year cycle.  We issued our annual Consumer Confidence Report(CCR)  in June.  If you did not get yours call (410) 586-8710 to have one mailed or stop by the office located at 5901 Hillside Drive and pick one up.


What is that chlorine smell?

Beaches Water Company treats the water with disinfectant to ensure the water is safe to drink.  The main method is injection of chlorine gas into the raw well water flow stream.  Chlorine treatment is generally recognized as the most common and effective disinfectant with its use at 98% of water treatment facilities.  The practice of drinking water chlorination is one of the most significant public health advances of the 20th century.  At times the treated water may have a chlorine smell.  Letting it stand for a few minutes allows the smell to disapate.  For drinking water, storing a pitcher in the refrigerator provides the opportunity for the disapation as well as a refreshing source of a cold drink.
 

Outages

All planned outages will be scheduled a day in advance with signs posted in the affected area.  With each job that we perform, we improve the isolation capability of the system so that outages affect less members.  Unplanned outages will be handled immediately with the goal of limiting the number effected. 

Recently, on Sunday, August 13 at approximately 10:00 a.m., our Jorgensen pumping stations on Locust Street shutdown due to a controls malfunction.  We had also experienced a controls problem at Slater pumping stations on Hillside Drive the previous Friday.  It was left in a shutdown position awaiting parts.  Our remaining smaller, lower elevation, pumping stations carried the load which they were only able to do well for the lower elevations.  Even though it was a Sunday we found the problem during rounds and were able to restore pressure within an hour by placing the Slater pumping station in manual control.

Our thanks to the many members who called that day apprising us of the situation.  We apologize for any inconvenience that this force outage may have caused your household.  We were please that the BWC technicians were able to quickly turn the situation around.
 
 

Beaches Water Company being a community owned system works closely with its members to assist with problems on the service line from the road to the house.  The responsibility of the water company ends at the curb valve.  In those cases where the leak exists on the member’s property, BWC can advise various courses of action that can be more economical than just calling the first available plumber at premium fees.  A lot of times we are able to relieve the immediate emergency by providing alternative service via a neighbor’s hose bib connection.  In behalf of those whose receive this kind of support, we thank the neighbors who provided this consideration. 


Schedule of Fees
(As of August 2000)

Quarterly Service
     $65.00
New Service
     $3,000.00
Pool (annual)
     $65.00
Shut-off
    $65.00  ($35.00
 Customer’s Request)
Reconnect
     $35.00
Extended Shut-off
     $260.00
Return Check
     $20.00
Late Penalty
     One time 10% applied
15 days after quarter


The Beaches Water Company is a not-for-profit community owned water system.  We now have 720 member households in the communities of Long Beach, Calvert Beach, Cherry Lane Farms, Kings Creek II, & Calvert Beach Estates II



 
Business Plan

The Beaches Water Company has drafted a business plan which will be available for review at the annual meeting, Sept. 10, 2000 at 2:00 pm at the Long Beach Civic Center on Calvert Blvd.
 
Section
Organizational Plan
II Financial Documents
III Strategies
IV Appendices
V Notes



 
OUR MISSION

“To provide water service that is dependable, economical, and meets or exceeds health standards for all co-operative members” 
 

Financial

BWC bills in advance on a quarterly basis:
 
January 1  April 1
July 1  October 1

Invoices not paid 15 days after the quarter are assessed a one time 10% finance charge.  Invoices are normally sent to the homeowner unless a special request is made to bill the tenant.  However, the homeowner remains responsible for the payment.

To maintain our pay-as-you-go finance policy we have found it necessary to restore the service connection fee from $2,000 to $3,000 effective immediately.  The quarterly service rate of $65 remains unchanged  for FY 2000 billing.

We concluded from a recent review of water main leak repairs in the community that we have to increase the priority of water main replacements in several areas of the community.  The additional revenue will enable us to undertake these projects without incurring additional debt.



 
BWC FY 2000 BUDGET INCOME
Water service
196,075
Hook Up fees
12,000
Pool water service
1,170
Finance Charges
1,000
Total Income
$ 210,245
BWC FY 2000 BUDGET EXPENSES
Advertising
200
Auditing
4,500
Bad Debt
500
Bank Service Charges
75
Depreciation Expense
 36,158
Professional Memberships
650
Engineering
2,000
Insurance
8,800
Mortgage interest
14,340
Legal
500
Licenses and Permits
200
Office - Other
3,600
Operating Supplies
  3,500
Equipment rental
500
Materials
3,000
Repairs
1,500
Equipment repairs
1,222
Repairs & Maint. Contract Labor
12,000
Routine Service
100,000
Utilities
15,000
Water Testing
2,000
Total Expense
$ 210,245

 

 



 
BWC Rules and Bylaws
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Copies available at the office.
Or click on this link.


Property Access
BWC at times must enter or work in your yard to operate or maintain the water system.  They are required to take water samples, take pressure readings, operate valves, or dig up buried pipes.  The rules, bylaws and property covenants grant them access.  Recently, some jobs have been delayed because some property owners mistakenly thought a Beaches Water Company was working illegally.  If you have a question about someone working on the water system or someone taking a water sample please, call the office at 410-586-8710.

BWC RULE # 3
"The opening or closing of any fire hydrant, or plug, except in cases of fire, without the written permission of the Company, shall be deemed a tampering with the appliances of the Company, under the provisions of Chapter 546 of the Acts of 1904 of the Public General Laws of Maryland “(Article 47, Section 118, Annotated Code of Maryland).


 
Meeting Notification
Announcing the Beaches Water
Company’s Annual Meeting

Date:  September 10, 2000
Time:  2:00 p.m.
Location:  Long Beach Civic Center
on Calvert Blvd

Besides conducting the business of the annual meeting, two director positions are up for election and there will be discussion of bylaw/rule changes.

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Attendees at the annual meeting will be eligible to win a door prize of free water for one billing period.

If you are unable to attend, please complete and return the proxy vote which you received by U.S. Mail so your voice can still be heard.  Either mail or drop the proxy off at the office.

Proposed Rule Change Discussion

As was mentioned in our Annual Report, our water supply is regulated by the State of Maryland Department of the Environment as to the total which we can withdraw in one year and also the peak daily amount which can be withdrawn.  While we recognize the drive by homeowners to maintain attractive landscaping, we must be aware that watering high maintenance cool season lawn grasses when they would naturally become dormant is not a permissible use of our water supply.  Many types of grasses do very well on little water, but it is unrealistic to expect to be able to maintain a lush green lawn in the middle of the summer unless it is a result of the rains we have been receiving this year. 

To this end, we feel we must regulate in-ground watering systems.  Their very nature invites frequent, wasteful, timed watering regardless of rainfall, and these systems are a possible serious source of contamination of our water supply.  In-ground watering systems must have an approved backflow preventer installed to eliminate the possibility of contaminated surface water, fertilizer, weed killers, etc. from being pulled by vacuum back into our water system at times when the pressure may be low, such as when the system is down for repairs.  A representative of the Company must inspect any installed system to determine it’s impact on our water supply. 

We discourage the installation of these systems, and feel we must also charge those who have already installed them a premium to offset the volume of water they consume.   Of course, in times of drought such as we experienced in the spring and summer of 1999, these systems and all lawn watering will be stopped entirely.  Representatives of the Beaches Water Company have the right under the Rules of the Company, to “access to the premises supplied with water, at all reasonable hours, for the purpose of examining fixtures and pipes, observing the manner of using water, and for other purposes which are proper and necessary in the conduct of the Company’s business.”

The Company reserves the right to impose reasonable restrictions on the use of water during periods of shortage of supply  ”  We must all be aware that we are blessed with a good supply of clean water and we all must share in the responsibility of it’s conservation.

What are you comments on this issue? Email, mail, phone, fax or present your comment in person at the annual meeting.
 

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Read the 1999 Annual Drinking Water Quality/Consumer Confidence Report (CCR)

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Please submit all questions and comments to 
beacheswater5901@gmail.com