NEW EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY – Technical Services Director

We are currently seeking to fill the position of Technical Services Manager. This position is responsible for designing infrastructure related to the supply, treatment, distribution and storage of Water District projects, and acts as a liaison to outside entities engaged in the design and construction of non-District related system improvements.  The successful candidate will possess a P.E. license and have considerable knowledge of principles and practices of civil/water works engineering, and of methods and techniques applied to the construction and maintenance of water utility infrastructure.  Proficiency in AutoCAD and the use of GIS preferred. This is a supervisory position.

 

FULL JOB DESCRIPTION

 

The Water District, which serves 13,700 customers in seven coastal York County communities, offers a competitive compensation and benefits package and is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

 

Interested applicants should forward a resume with a letter of interest by mail, fax or email to:

 

Kennebunk, Kennebunkport, & Wells Water District
Attn:  Norm Labbe
P.O. Box 88
Kennebunk, ME 04043
Fax: (207) 985-3102
Email: nlabbe@kkw.org

 

Submission deadline is 3:00 pm, Friday, December 15, 2017.

***SCAM ALERT***

From the Wells Police Department:

“There have been reports from surrounding agencies of two male subject’s claiming to be from the “Water District” approaching homeowners and requesting access to the kitchen. In one instance a diamond ring was stolen. The subjects left in a black SUV.

To our knowledge this has not occurred in Wells yet. If you are approached by these subjects please call us at 207-646-9354.”

 

From Ogunquit Police Department:

“At approximately 4pm today (08/31/2017), a Hispanic Male, 40-50 YOA, 5’8” tall with a medium build wearing a ball cap and a dirty white t-shirt with a than stripe and no teeth approached an elderly female on Agamenticus Rd in Ogunquit, requesting access to the kitchen, stating he was from the Water District and needed to check the pipes.

While suspect one distracted the resident, a second Hispanic male also 40-50 YOA, approximately 5”8’ tall with a heavy build also wearing a dirty gray t-shirt and a ball cap entered victim’s bedroom and stole jewelry.

Upon questioning by victim, Suspects fled in a midsized black SUV unknown plate with the rear hatch open. Last seen heading towards RT1.

If anyone had someone claiming to be from the water department recently visit them or has surveillance cameras in the Agamenticus Rd area please call 207-646-9362 or come to the PD.”

While we are currently out canvasing neighborhoods to perform water meter upgrades in the area, please be advised that ALL of our employees will be in clearly marked vehicles and carry photo identification. We do NOT have any black vehicles in our fleet. If there is ever any doubt as to the identity of the individual(s) asking for access to your property, please do not hesitate to contact us at 207-985-3385 for verification prior to letting them in. When our crew comes in for lunch we will add photos of what our vehicles will look like.

 

***Information On Chloramines***

UPDATE 4/17/2017: The District began the reintroduction of chloramines as a means of secondary disinfection to its water supply. The start-up is coordinated with the beginning of the District’s spring flushing program, which also began today. This coordination will help ensure an efficient system-wide conversion to chloramines. Customers nearest the Branch Brook Filtration Plant and in particular those from downtown Kennebunk and southerly into Wells should notice a reduction in chlorine taste and odor within a day or two. Most customers should notice the difference within a week or two. Any questions should be referred to the Filtration Plant, at 207-985-2362.

 


 

As recently announced in a WRITTEN NOTICE that was mailed to all of our customers, we will soon be changing our final step of water disinfection from the use of free chlorine to a combined form of chlorine, called chloramine.  More specifically, the type of chloramine we will be utilizing is monochloramine.  This method of water disinfection has been in use throughout the United States and the world for about 100 years.  The written notice provided some information as to the reasons for the change and some answers to several frequently asked questions.

 

As stated in the notice, the primary reasons to return to the practice of using chloramines are to reduce the formation of disinfection by-products and to make our water compatible with that of our neighboring interconnected utilities. Along that line, it should be noted that along southern coastal Maine from York to Portland, we are the only water utility that does not utilize chloramination.  Also, currently over 300,000 Maine residents are being served by water utilities that chloraminate, including Portland Water District (since 1938), Auburn Water District, Bangor Water District, Bath Water District, Brewer Water District, Maine Water Co. Biddeford & Saco Division, Lewiston Water Department, York Water District and eleven other water utilities.

 

In addition to the above, we feel that disinfecting our water with monochloramines will provide our customers with a safer and more aesthetically pleasing water than if we were to continue to disinfect it with free chlorine. In order to provide additional information for those who are more interested in the topic, we offer the following:

 

Environmental Protection Agency

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Massachusetts Water Resources Authority

Municipal Authority of Westmoreland County

San Francisco Water

 

Thanksgiving Hours
We would like to wish everyone safe travels and a happy Thanksgiving!

Our business office will be closed on Wednesday, November 22nd starting at 3:30pm through Friday, November 24th for Thanksgiving. We will reopen for normal business hours on Monday, November 27th. If you have a water related emergency during this time period, please contact our treatment plant at 207-985-2362

Business Office Closed November 10, 2017 for Veteran’s Day
We at KKW would like to say THANK YOU to all veterans for your selfless service and sacrifices.
 
Our business office will be closed on Friday, November 10th in observance of Veteran’s Day and will reopen for normal business hours on Monday, November 13th. If you have a water related emergency during this time period, please contact our treatment plant at 207-985-2362.
Fall 2017 Flushing Updates

10/31 – Yesterday, we were able to flush 32 hydrants making it to Stearns Road by the light house by the end of the day. This morning we will be flushing Frazier Pasture Road and Perkins Cove before we head out the rest of Shore Road to the Cliff House. From there we will come back and flush School Street, Agamenticus Road, Josiah Lane, the Long Farm Development and the rest of Route 1 out to the York town line. This will complete our fall flushing program for this year. Thank you for your understanding and cooperation as we worked through this yearly process of insuring proper operations of our hydrants and water quality for our users.

 

10/30 – Last week we were able to flush another 29 hydrants making it to Ocean Meadows by the end of the day. This morning we will be flushing Captain Thomas Road, Bayview, Thither, Ocean Street, and Riverbrook Estates. From there we will be going to Shore Road and spend the rest of the day working our way down Shore Road and the various side streets and hotels as we head towards Perkins Cove. We should be in a good position to finish up our fall flushing program by tomorrow if everything goes well.

 

10/27 – We were able to finish flushing in the town of Wells yesterday with another 35 hydrants in the book. Today, we will begin flushing in the Town of Ogunquit on Berwick road and work our way North on Route 1 back towards the town of Wells. This will include the Windward Development, Beach Street, River Road, and Ocean Meadows to name a few of the locations that we hope to flush today. We should be in a good position to flush at least the first part of Shore Road on Monday and wrap up any remaining areas on Tuesday bringing a close to our fall flushing season. If you have any questions or concerns please feel free to call me or send me a message.

 

10/26 – After a few stubborn hydrants in the morning and a small break for a flow test, we were able to finish flushing Eldridge Road yesterday. This morning the plan is to flush the rest of Ocean Avenue, Bourne Avenue, Old County Road, Spinnaker Ridge Road and Royal Heights. This will finish up the flushing in southern end of the town of Wells. From there we will finish the day out by flushing Sanford Road (Route 109) and see how far we are able to get. If we do not finish flushing in the town of Wells today we will wrap things up first thing tomorrow and move to the town of Ogunquit.

 

10/25 – We had a very good day yesterday, flushing 31 hydrants, and making it through Drakes Island. This morning we will begin flushing on Atlantic Avenue and work our way to Webhannet Drive and Ocean Avenue. This will also include the section of Eldridge Road and if we have time toward the end of the day may include Bourne Avenue.

 

10/24 – Yesterday, we were able to flush 32 hydrants making it to The Forest Booster. This morning we will finish flushing the hydrants in The Forest development as well as the hydrants in the Sea Glass development. From there we will be going to Laudholm Farm Road and my hope is to get all of Drakes Island flushed today if things go well.

 

10/23 – Last Friday we were able to flush 36 hydrants making it to Route 9B. This morning we will be flushing Route 9B, Wells Highlands, Summer Village, Beach Dreams, and hopefully make it through The Forest by the end of the day. If things continue to go well we should have no problem finishing up the flushing in the town of Wells by the end of this week.

 

10/20 – We were able to finish flushing Biddeford Pool yesterday and made a little progress into the town of Wells at the end of the day totaling another 25 hydrants. This morning we will continue to work our way South along Route 1 flushing the various side roads, condo complexes, schools, and shopping complexes as we go. My hope is that by the end of the day we will end near Route 9B.

 

10/19 – Yesterday, we were able to flush 25 hydrants making it all the way down Mile Stretch. This will allow us to finish flushing the remaining 18 hydrants in Biddeford Pool today. We will be starting on Lester Orcutt and then work our way in and around First Street through Seventh Street. This section is likely to take a good part of the day to work through but with any remaining time we hope to start flushing in the town of Wells.

 

10/18 – Yesterday we battled through the first real chill in the air and flushed 25 hydrants making it to the suction side of the Granite Point Booster. This morning we will be flushing Bridge Road and Fortunes Rocks Road back to the Granite Point Booster. This should take a good part of the day, but if we have time we will then start working our way down Mile Stretch Road. This should put us in a position to hopefully finish flushing in Biddeford Pool tomorrow before moving to the town of Wells.

 

10/17 – Yesterday, flushing went very well with another 33 hydrants checked off the list, making it to the end of Pier Road. This morning we will be flushing Skipper Joe’s Point and Marshall Point before going to Kings Highway. Our plan today will be to make it, at least, to the suction side of Granite Point Booster. This will include Kings Highway, Dyke Road, Edgewood Road, Proctor Avenue, New Biddeford Road, Kings Lane, Sand Point and the Ewing Estate. If things go well we will then move to Bridge Road and begin to work our way towards Fortunes Rocks Road.

 

10/16 – Hope you all had a good weekend and are ready to enjoy what looks like is going to be another great week. Last Friday we were able to flush 38 hydrants finishing up on School Street at the end of the day. Today we will be flushing Wildes District Road, Langsford Road, and Mills Road. If we have time towards the end of the day we may even try to get Pier Road in as well.

 

10/13 – We continue to make steady progress, flushing all of Ocean Avenue, Maine Street and South Maine Street yesterday, totaling 26 hydrants. This morning we will be flushing Old Fort and Summit Ave back to Ocean Avenue. Our plan will be to flush the rest of Ocean Avenue and the various side streets as we work our way towards the end of Turbots Creek. From there we will go to School Street (Route 9) below our Crow Hill tank and flush back towards Maine Street and the few side roads like Squire Lane and Magnolia Drive along the way. This will put us in a good position to flush Wildes District Road and head into Cape Porpoise on Monday.

 

10/12 – Yesterday we were able to flush up to Dock Square. This morning we hope to head out early so that we can flush Dock Square and begin to work our way out Ocean Avenue towards the Colony Hotel. From there we will go back to Maine Street and flush towards South Maine Street. If we have time we will begin to work our way down South Maine Street back towards Ocean Avenue to finish out the day. Hope you have a great day.

 

10/11 – We were able to finish flushing in the town of Kennebunk yesterday. This morning we will be going to River Road and start flushing near Durrells Bridge heading towards North Street. The plan today is to flush up to Dock Square which will include North Street, Oak Street, and Maine Street.

 

10/10 – Yesterday amid the much needed rain drops we were able to flush another 24 hydrants making it to the end of Woodhaven Drive. This morning with the sun shining and the above normal temperature, which we are not complaining about, our plan is to finish the flushing in Kennebunk. We will begin our day at The Farragut and the proceed to Powdermill Drive before flushing Huntington Commons. From there, we will flush all of Ross Road back towards Fletcher Street, which will include Glenwood Drive and Chickadee Lane. After that, we will continue to flush out Route 1 heading towards the northern end of our system, which will include Commerce Drive, Log Cabin Road, Technology Drive, and the new development Cottage Preserve. This will complete the flushing in the town of Kennebunk for the fall season. In the afternoon we hope to have enough time to head to River Road near Durrells Bridge and begin flushing both River Road and North Street to finish out the day.

 

10/9 – Last Friday we were able to flush 35 hydrants which allowed us to finish up Fletcher Street. This morning we will be heading to Route 1 near The Atria and flush our way towards Hannaford. From there we will be going into the development that sits behind Kennebunk Savings Bank flushing Long View Ter., Longwood Drive, Rosewood, and Woodhaven. After that, we will be flushing the Farragut, Powdermill Drive, Huntington Common, and if we have time Ross Road. This should put us in a good position to finish up the flushing in Kennebunk tomorrow and begin to work our way towards Kennebunkport.

 

10/6 – Yesterday, we were able to flush another 40 hydrants as we edge ever closer to finishing up the flushing in Kennebunk. This morning we will head back to the beach and flush Sea Road, Admirals Way, Sea Field Dr, and Great Hill Road, which will finish up where we left off yesterday. From there, we are going to Storer and Fletcher Streets, and we will begin to flush towards the High School and Ross Road where we hope to end our day. This should put us in a good position to finish up flushing in Kennebunk by Tuesday of next week and begin flushing in Kennebunkport.

 

10/5 – Yesterday, after a morning training session, we headed out and were able to flush all of Western Avenue. This morning we will start flushing at the intersection of Beach Avenue and Western Avenue, flushing our way towards Federal Jacks. From there we will continue down Beach Avenue as we work our way towards and around the beach including Bayberry Avenue and hopefully Boothby Road today.

 

10/4 – We were able to flush 40 hydrants yesterday, which finished up Sea Road. This morning we are heading to Western Avenue and we will attempt to flush from the Wells town line to Federal Jacks. This section is usually pretty time consuming but we will do our best to flush as many hydrants as we can. If we have time at the end of the day we will work our way down Beach Avenue.

 

10/3 – Yesterday, we were able to flush 28 hydrants making it through the River Locks Development by the end of the day. This morning we will finish flushing the five remaining hydrants in Lower Village before we head to Sea Road. The goal for the day will be to try and get all of Sea Road and the various side streets flushed, which will allow us to start flushing Western Ave on Wednesday.

 

10/2 – At the end of last week we were able to flush our way round the downtown area of Kennebunk. This morning we will be continuing to flush Summer Street and Port Road as we head towards Lower Village, which will include the River Locks Development along the way. This should put us in a good position to be able to flush all of Sea Road tomorrow.

 

9/29 – With a 30 degree drop in temperature from yesterday to today we can certainly feel that fall is in the year. With that in mind as we progress into this fall, if we get temperatures that fall below freezing we will delay flushing until they warm up. Yesterday, we had to take care of a few operational things in the morning, took some extra time to ensure that we had optimal water quality, and still managed to flush another 32 hydrants for the day. This morning we will be heading into the heart of downtown Kennebunk where we will be flushing the hydrants along Main Street, hopefully with little disruptions to motorist and pedestrian traffic. Please be patient with us as we strive to work quickly and efficiently through these congested areas. From Main Street we will flush Water Street, Winter Street, Gove Street, and Factory Pasture before continuing down Summer Street heading towards Lower Village.

 

9/28 – With amazing weather and cooperating hydrants we continue to make steady progress, flushing another 38 hydrants yesterday. This morning we will be continuing up Route 35 to Kimball Lane, flushing both sides of the turnpike, and then work our way down Fletcher Street to Gendron Lane.  This should put us in a good spot to start flushing down town Kennebunk first thing Friday morning.

 

9/27 – Yesterday we were able to flush 40 hydrants for the day, making it all the way to the West Kennebunk Fire Station on Thompson Road. Today we will be flushing the rest of Alfred Road, Mill Street, Cat Mousam Road and the Coventry Woods Development. If we are able to accomplish this we will then head back to Alfred Road near our West Kennebunk Tank and begin to work our way up Route 35 towards Kimball Lane.

 

9/26 – We had excellent weather yesterday as we began our fall flushing program, flushing a total of 32 hydrants on our first day, and making it to the end of High Street. Today we will be flushing Cat Mousam Road to to the booster, which will include a power flush on a section of main first thing this morning. From there we will be going to Brown Street and flushing to Clarkdale Road. If time allows we will finish up the afternoon by heading over to Alfred Road and begin flushing our way towards Thompson Road.

 

9/25 – Today we will be gearing up to head out into the vast expanses of the town of Kennebunk. Starting at the Treatment Plant on Route 1 and heading North following an underground pipeline in search of the ever stationary yellow hydrant. Our plan is to locate as many of these diverse hydrants as we can each day and make sure they are operating properly in the environment in which they are located. Our travels today should include Route 1 to the corner of Pleasant Street and then we will follow High Street to where it stops by Harriseckett Road. If we accomplish this today we will probably get ready for a power flush on Cat Mousam Road for first thing tomorrow morning. Hope you all had a wonderful weekend and enjoy this spectacular fall weather today as we begin our annual fall flushing program.