***NEW EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY: CREW MEMBER I***

The Kennebunk, Kennebunkport & Wells Water District is currently seeking an energetic and team-oriented individual to learn and perform a variety of water works duties related to the distribution system and District operations. These duties include the installation, maintenance and repair of water mains, hydrants, service connections and all other associated appurtenances.  Candidates should at a minimum possess a demonstrated ability and comfort level for working with and around excavation equipment with at least one year of related experience, a valid Maine driver’s license and the ability to obtain a Maine CDL driver’s license. A copy of the job description can be found at Current Job Openings page.

 

The Water District offers a competitive compensation and benefits package and opportunities for growth and advancement.

 

Submission deadline is Monday, May 6, 2019

 

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

 

Cindy Rounds
Kennebunk, Kennebunkport & Wells Water District
92 Main Street
P.O. Box 88
Kennebunk, Maine 04043
Fax: (207) 985-3102
Email: crounds@kkw.org

***2019 Spring Flushing Updates***

4/18/19:

We were able to flush 32 hydrants yesterday, finishing up all of Drakes Island by the end of the day. This morning we will be flushing Atlantic Avenue, Webhannet Drive, Eldridge Road, and Ocean Avenue to start the day. Hopefully, time will allow us to also flush Bourne Avenue, Old County Road and Royal Heights as well. This will put us in a good position to finish up the flushing in the town of Wells tomorrow and head into Ogunquit.

 

4/17/19:

Amidst fair skies and gusty winds we were able to exceed our own expectations and flush 43 hydrants yesterday making it to the booster station in the Forest Development. Today we will finish flushing The Forest and Sea Glass developments before heading back to Laudholm Farm, where we will begin to flush the more coastal mains and hydrants. Today this will include Drakes Island, Atlantic Avenue, and, if time allows, we may even make it to Webhannet Drive. Have a wonderful Wednesday.

 

4/16/19:

Yesterday we had a very good day and were able to flush 32 hydrants, making it to the Nautical Mile by Congdon’s. This morning we will be flushing York County Community College as well as in and around the Hannaford plaza before heading to Route 9B. From there we will flush Wells Highlands, Summer Village, and Beach Dreams. If time allows at the end of the day we may even begin to flush the first part of The Forest. Have a great Tuesday.

 

4/15/19:

Today, we will begin our annual spring flushing program. First thing this morning we will finish equipping the truck with all of our hoses and tools that we will need before we embark from the Treatment plant south along Route 1. Our first stop will be the developments that are off of Harriseckett and Bypass Roads. From there we will be flushing the first hydrant on Route 9, before continuing south toward the intersection of 109 and Route 1, flushing the various side roads and developments as we move along. The plan is to try and make it to at least Harbor Road today, but if things go well we will continue as far as time will allow.

 

As always our goal is to work as safely and as quickly as possible through these areas, insuring that the hydrants are working properly and that the water quality is what you have come to expect from KKW. We thank you for your patience through this process as we work to get through this flushing season with as minimal disruptions as possible. If you have any questions or concerns please don’t hesitate to call. Have a marvelous Monday.

**UPDATED 11/15/18: Kennebunk River Well PFAS Information**

Updated November 15, 2018

 

The Full-scale (700 gallon per minute) PFAS removal pilot filter system at the Kennebunk River Well has been operating very well since it was placed into service on June 8th.  To date, the granulated activated carbon (GAC) filters have produced 150 million gallons of excellent quality, PFAS-free water.  We fully expect that our goal of 250 million gallons of PFAS-free water per year from these filters will be achieved.  As a result, we are moving ahead with the (in-house) design of a permanent structure to house the pilot filters, which with minor modifications will be placed into service on a permanent basis in 2019.  It is expected that the total capital cost of the filters and related infrastructure will be about $1.3 million, with an annual operating cost (for GAC replacement) of about $60,000.  As reported earlier, we still feel comfortable that this PFAS removal system will impact our customers’ water rates by about 2.5%, which will be implemented over the next couple years.  We will have more information on this topic in our upcoming semi-annual issue of What’s on Tap, scheduled to be mailed to all of our customers in January 2019.  Meanwhile, feel free to contact Norm Labbe for more information.

 

Article From Bloomberg: Cancer-linked Chemicals Manufactured by 3M Are Turning Up in Drinking Water

 


 

Updated June 8, 2018

 

The Kennebunk River Well is back on line

 

(Includes excerpts from KK&W’s summer edition of What’s on Tap, to be published June 25, 2018)

 

As reported in our winter 2018 edition of What’s on Tap, we are pleased to announce that we have made great progress with the removal of PFAS from the Kennebunk River Well (KRW).  Recently, as a result of extensive pilot testing regarding the best treatment technologies to remove the trace amounts of PFAS, we have partnered with Evoqua Water Technologies to move ahead with a full scale, online 700 gallon per minute pilot test that is being placed in service today, June 8, 2018.  It will run for at least 6 months (processing over 180 million gallons).  This will confirm that the technology will work effectively under “real world” operating conditions before making the decision to invest the estimated $1.3 million that is required to put the KRW permanently back on line.

 

In anticipation of a successful full scale pilot test, the District has already been preapproved by the Maine Drinking Water Program to receive a $1.3M low interest State Revolving Fund loan (20 year term at about a 1% interest rate) that will be used to purchase the filtration system and construct a permanent enclosure around the pressure vessels and other ancillary equipment.

 

The total cost of this remediation, including debt service and annual operating costs, will ultimately result in an overall water rate impact of about 2 to 2-1/2% (about 2 to 3 cents per day for the average residential customer), which shouldn’t take effect for a couple years.  From a waterworks perspective, this is a fraction of what a “typical” water utility would pay to resolve such an issue.

 

More detailed information will soon be mailed to all of our customers in late June in the summer 2018 edition of What’s on Tap.  As always, feel free to contact us with any questions.

 


 

Originally Posted February 14, 2018

 

In November of 2012, after several years of negotiating, testing, applications, approvals and permits, the Kimball Lane Well (also known as the Kennebunk River Well, or KRW) was placed into service.  The well ran flawlessly since that time, providing approximately one fourth of the District’s total water supply needs.  By all accounts it was producing the best quality of water of any public water groundwater supply in the region.

 

On April 15, 2016, the District was notified by the Maine Drinking Water Program that a small amount of two man-made chemicals (PFOS and PFOA) were detected in the KRW. The information submitted with the notification described the family of chemicals (known as PFAS) in some detail.  Being that the level detected was 0.05 parts per billion (which is the same as 50 parts per trillion, or 50 PPT) and that the then current EPA-established Health Advisory Level (HAL) was 200 PPT for PFOS and 400 for PFOA, the detection didn’t raise much concern at the time.  After all, the sampling was taken as part of the USEPA’s Unregulated Contaminant Monitoring Rule, Phase 3 (UCMR-3), which is essentially a forward-looking investigation into the existence of chemical contaminants that might be regulated by the USEPA at some point in the future.

 

On May 25, 2016 the USEPA announced, in the Federal Register, that it had lowered the HAL to 70 PPT for PFOS and PFOA.  Although we fully understood that the HAL was based upon a lifetime of exposure to these contaminants, the lower HAL prompted us to investigate the issue to find the source of the contaminants and to also determine the likely fate of the KRW as a long-term source of water.   We began our own testing of the KRW and of its surrounding monitoring wells for PFOS and PFOA in an attempt to find the source of the contaminants. Being that the relatively new and elaborate test had a 25 to 30-day turn-around time, it took several months to finally determine what direction the contaminants were coming from.  The determination (which later proved to be accurate) was that the contaminants came from material that was spread on a farm field in Arundel, across the Kennebunk River from the District’s KRW.   In November of 2016 we notified the farmer of the issue and supplied him with some pertinent information on the topic.

 

During this process we were also educating ourselves about these contaminants, including scientific, regulatory and societal perspectives.  By February of 2017 we chose to shut down the KRW as a precautionary measure.  Our justification for doing so was multi-faceted, and can be best explained as follows:

  1. There was ongoing discussion, on state and federal levels as to the appropriateness of 70 PPT as the HAL. Some states were proposing 20 PPT or less.
  2. In dealing with the EPA and the Maine Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) it was becoming increasingly apparent that any regulatory direction (in the form of new guidance or standards) was not going to occur for months, if not years.
  3. We weren’t in desperate need of the well during the low-demand winter months and we could shift the load to our Branch Brook Filtration Plant until more information was available or until the issue was resolved

Since shutting down the KRW, we have begun conducting pilot studies to determine the best and most cost-effective process for the long-term removal of the contaminants from KRW’s water.  When it comes to water quality, we have a long history of consistently erring on the side of caution, deferring to our in-house motto, “When in doubt, leave it out”.

 

At about that time we also began a more intensive dialog with the DEP and provided all of our information and findings to them for their investigation into the source(s) of the contamination.  Several months later they issued a Phase 1 report, which confirmed our findings; the contamination came from the spreading of paper mill ash and/or sludge on the neighboring farm fields about 30 years ago, which was approved by the DEP at that time.  Being that this study was described by the DEP as being preliminary, the District agreed to their request that the study and its results not be publicized until the purportedly more conclusive Phase 2 study was completed.  With this understanding but with EPA’s requirement that we post any detected UCMR-3 results on our annually published Consumer Confidence Report (CCR), we informed the DEP that we needed to comply with our primary regulatory agency’s requirements. The DEP then requested to see what we were going to publish. We then submitted our draft CCR to them.

 

As time went by we were becoming concerned that the DEP Phase 2 report had not yet been completed and were becoming increasingly uncomfortable with our prior agreement with the DEP, especially in light of news reports of related incidents involving PFAS in the region.  We informed them of our concern.  On July 28th, 2017 the DEP gave us their Phase 2 report.  From our perspective, it provided no conclusive insight into the issue.  We then realized that we were really on our own. Being that a local dairy farm had been shut down and that some legal action had been threatened between some of the other involved parties, we found ourselves in a very uncomfortable position.  Even though we had done the right thing for our customers by erring on the side of caution, we were uncomfortable and frustrated with the whole situation.

 

After much deliberation we then decided to go public with what we knew.  The plan was to roll it out in January of 2018.   We were to time a public presentation with the publication of our semi-annual newsletter, What’s on Tap, along with a presentation at the Maine Water Utilities Association’s annual convention in Portland. Everything was executed as planned, with the exception of the publication of the newsletter, which is now being printed and should be in our customers’ hands by around February 25th.

 

In closing, by having only operated the Kennebunk River Well on a seasonal basis for just over four years and with the average levels of PFOS and PFOA at about 50 parts per trillion (which was less than those of the USEPA’s lifelong exposure health advisory), we want our customers to know that we are confident their health was not adversely affected in any way by these trace chemical contaminants.

 

Chronological Trustee Meeting Minutes Excerpts relating to PFAS

 

For more information please contact Norm Labbe, Superintendent, at 207-985-3385 or at nlabbe@kkw.org.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Spring 2019 Hydrant Flushing Schedule

IMPORTANT NOTICE

Kennebunk, Kennebunkport and Wells Water District

 

Spring 2019 Water Main
Flushing Schedule

 

The semi-annual flushing of water mains is a long recognized practice for maintaining high drinking water quality.  Flushing is scheduled to occur during the daytime, Monday through Friday, between 7:00 am and 5:00 pm as follows:

 

  • Wells & Ogunquit from April 15th to April 26th
  • Kennebunk from April 29rd to May 10th
  • Kennebunkport from May 13th to May 17th
  • Coastal Biddeford from May 20th to May 22nd

 

We apologize in advance for any inconvenience and ask that you call the main office at 985-3385 if you have any questions or experience any problems.

 

Please note that you can also visit us on Facebook for daily updates and progress reports while the flushing program is underway.

 

THANK YOU FOR YOUR PATIENCE

Closed 2/18/19 for President’s Day

Our business office will be closed on Monday, February 18th for President’s Day. We will reopen for normal business hours on Tuesday, February 19th. If you have a water related emergency during this time period, please contact our treatment plant at 207-985-2362.

Closed 1/21/19 For MLK Day

Our business office will be closed on Monday, January 21st for Martin Luther King Jr. Day. We will reopen for normal business hours on Tuesday, January 22nd. If you have a water related emergency during this time period, please contact our treatment plant at 207-985-2362.