Bad news I’m afraid.
We were hopeful we’d be able to lift the landscape irrigation prohibition by July 8th. This was dependent on the successful installation of uranium treatment at Wells #2 & #3, the completion of the inter-tie with Lukins Brothers Water Company (LBWC), and receiving the necessary permits from the State.
Unfortunately, we have run into issues bringing the uranium treatment online at Wells #2 & #3.
Before we can utilize the new treatment tanks everything has to be sterilized. This is done by filling the tanks with chlorinated water and leaving them for twenty-four hours. If, after twenty-four hours, the chlorine levels are above 10 parts per million (ppm) then everything has been successfully sterilized.
Despite multiple attempts, our tests haven’t shown sufficient chlorine levels being maintained in the tanks after twenty-four hours. Our Water Company Manager, Dan Larson, has been talking with the supplier of the tanks and ion exchange resin that is used for filtration and no one is quite sure why the tests show no residual chlorine.
That said, the current plan is for the supplier to remove the resin early next week so Dan can chlorinate the empty tanks and then load the resin back in. If all goes to plan this should be completed by the end of next week, at which time, we can finally send off our first test samples (this is the optimistic timeline).
Given this delay, we likely wouldn’t get our initial test results back until after July 8th, when we had hoped to resume irrigation.
We are still working on restoring some level of irrigation during the month of July, but at this time we don’t have a specific date I’m afraid. It all depends on bringing Well #3, at least, online with the uranium filtration.
As soon as we are able, we’ll let everyone know when they can restart their irrigation.
In the interim, this means that everyone will be notified shortly of the permanent rule change going into effect on July 8th that prohibits irrigation. Due to the way things work, the emergency rule that the Board of Directors put in place back in March expires July 8th and we obviously need to put the permanent rule in place until we are ready to restart landscape irrigation. At that point, we’ll override this permanent rule. Apologies for the confusion this is bound to cause.
I know this is not good news, we had hoped that July 8th was a realistic goal. Of course, complex projects like these have a way of spoiling the best-laid plans.