Notice for Customers of SCWA Gray Farms Division of Ledyard: Lead Action Level Exceedance.
Our public water system recently exceeded the lead drinking water action level. As our customers, you have a right to know what happened and what we are doing to correct this situation. Last week SCWA submitted water samples from 7 houses in the Gray Farms area to our lab for Lead and Copper Testing. One of the samples indicated a lead level of .027 mg/L, which exceeds the 90th percentile lead action level of 0.015 mg/L. The term 90th percentile means if 10% of samples taken exceed the minimum lead action level SCWA is required to alert customers. In this case 1 of 7 samples exceeded the lead action level. Since there are not any lead service lines in the Gray Farms area a sample that exceeds the lead action level is generally the result of a sample taken from a sink that is rarely, if ever, used. SCWA will be conducting more lead/copper samples in the Gray Farms area over the next few weeks to verify there is not a lead problem in that area. In addition, SCWA will be switching the Gray Farms water supply over to a different pump station in Ledyard Center in the coming weeks. (Gray Farms Division includes homes served by SCWA on Seabury Ave, Lynn Drive, St Peters Court, Reuven Drive, Highview Terrace, and sections of Spicer Hill Road and Iron Street)
DROUGHT ADVISORY FOR ALL OF NEW LONDON COUNTY:
On October 5, 2020 the Connecticut State Interagency Drought Workgroup increased the drought status for New London County to Stage 3 – Moderate Drought. The highest drought stage is Stage 5.
Residents and businesses in Stage 3 locations are urged to:
• End irrigation of established lawns and limit other outdoor water uses;
• Prepare for using alternative water sources in the event wells, farm ponds, fire suppression supplies, or other critical water sources become depleted;
• Avoid burning in or near woodlands or brushlands, and obey any municipal or state orders for outdoor burning bans; and
• For those on private wells, limit water use to only essential needs to reduce the chance of well depletion (see guidance for private well users).
Mandatory Water Use Restrictions – Montville Manor
Due to ongoing drought conditions in Southeastern Connecticut the wells serving the Montville Manor Subdivision are no longer able to keep up with the current outdoor water usage demands in Montville Manor. As a result the Southeastern Connecticut Water Authority (SCWA) is implementing Mandatory Water Use Restrictions. In an effort to conserve water resources available in the area, the following water use restrictions are in place for all customers served by the Montville Manor Water system:
a) The use of automatic sprinkler systems is prohibited. Outdoor watering is restricted to bucket, can, or hand held hose watering with automatic shutoff nozzle.
b) The washing or cleaning of streets, driveways, sidewalks or other impervious areas is prohibited.
c) Car or vehicle washing is prohibited.
d) No operating a fountain or decorative water feature, unless the water is part of a recirculating system.
e) Do not top off or fill swimming pools, wading pools, hot tubs, spas, and jacuzzis using tap water.
These restrictions will remain in place until further notice. SCWA appreciates the cooperation of our customers throughout this drought period.
Looking forward; in an effort to preclude future conservation notices, SCWA is planning a project to interconnect the Montville Manor to another water system which has excess capacity. We are hoping to have this project designed, approved by the State, and under construction within 2 years.
This is Southeastern Connecticut Water Authority with an important message for all residents and businesses located in Southeastern Connecticut Water Authority Service Areas. We have licensed the CodeRED Community Notification System to help disseminate important or critical information.
We encourage you to go to www.waterauthority.org, click on the CodeRED logo, or text SCWA Alerts to 99411 from your mobile phone, and enter your contact information, including additional phone numbers, and text and email addresses, to ensure all of the data in our system is accurate and current.
If you know of anyone who did not receive this call who lives in a Southeastern Connecticut Water Authority Service Area please encourage them to visit the SCWA website, or text SCWA Alerts from their mobile phone and enter their information.
If you do not have Internet access, please contact SCWA directly at 860-464-0232 for assistance.
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