FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
November 23, 2015
Contact: Pam Marchand, PE
Executive Director and Chief Engineer
Bristol County Water Authority
BCWA UPDATES BRISTOL’S
WATER MAINS, UPGRADES SYSTEM SECURITY AND QUALITY
Plans future improvement for 2016 and beyond
Warren, RI – The Bristol County Water Authority (BCWA) today announced that is has completed several water infrastructure system improvements in Bristol during 2015. These improvements to the water system helped to improve the town’s water quality and provided for more pressure for firefighters to utilize in the case of a fire emergency.
“The Board and I are excited to announce these new improvements to the water system in the Town of Bristol,” said Pam Marchand, BCWA’s Executive Director and Chief Engineer. “Water is an essential resource, and infrastructure is critical to maintaining the supply and the quality of the water. We have started a system wide improvement program in order to have the best possible system for our customers.”
The water system improvements for the town of Bristol include:
Increased System Quality and Water Availability for Emergencies in the Poppasquash Area:
- In 2014, BCWA, with the Town of Bristol, completed the second phase of a project intended to bring more water flow to the Poppasquash area. This project included the installation of 4500 feet of 10″ high-density polyethylene (plastic) water main.The new water main replaced an old, 6″ cast iron water main that was originally installed by Samuel Colt to provide water to his estate, which is now Colt State Park. Prior to this project, the water main serving this area provided safe water for consumption, but not fire protection. By strengthening the connection to our main distribution system, and increasing the size of the water mains, the fire hydrants can now be used in the event of a fire emergency.
- The BCWA distribution system in Bristol has many “dead ends” that affect water quality and pressure. “Dead end” sections of water main cause stagnant water which degrades the water’s quality and can lead to bacterial growth or increased disinfection byproducts in the water. In 2015, BCWA committed to correcting many of these “dead end” problem areas by installing new ductile iron water mains.In 2015, we connected several “dead ends” in the Hopeworth and Annawamscutt areas of the distribution system with the installation of a new ductile iron water main. The BCWA also
installed 200 feet of new pipe in Ruth Avenue to connect the “dead end” section of the water main to the main in Hopeworth Avenue.
By connecting these “dead ends” to the BCWA distribution system, it resolves the water quality issues, provides these homes with better reliability of service and increases the amount of water available in the event of a fire emergency.
Increased Water Infrastructure Quality in Bristol:
- Some older water mains in Bristol are made of reinforced asbestos cement. Over the years, these pipes become brittle over time and are subject to breaking. This causes damage to the system and an inconvenience to our town’s homes and businesses.In 2014, the BCWA began renovating some of the pipes by installing a structural liner inside the pipes, creating a “pipe-within-a-pipe”. This included Hopeworth Avenue, from Viking Drive to Willow lane and the entirety of Willow Lane in Bristol.This improves the water quality and the flow through the pipes in this neighborhood, extends the life of this water infrastructure and decreases the likelihood of a water emergency from occurring in the area.
Increased Water Quality and Security for Metacom Ave.; Saves Money on Construction
- The BCWA has decided to accelerate the replacement of over 4500 feet of water main on Metacom Ave that expands the high service area in the upper elevations of Bristol. This $2 million dollar project was slated for years into the future until the Rhode Island Department of Transportation decision to improve the major intersections from the BCWA storage tank area on Bay View Ave. north to Tupelo Street.The BCWA determined it was more efficient and cost effective to take advantage of this construction period because it will significantly reduce pavement restoration costs if the water mains are installed prior to the DOT completing their project.The next phase of the expansion will involve the construction of a new pump station at the Metacom tank location to enable service to a larger number of customers, and would include a fire pump with supply from the 2.0 million gallon Bay View tank.