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PWFD announces "Drinking Water Week"

14apr17_pwfd.jpgAt the April 15 board meeting of the Portsmouth Water and Fire District, Chairman Philip T. Driscoll read a proclamation declaring May 4, 2014 through May 10, 2014 to be Drinking Water Week, and asked all customers of the District to join in promoting and practicing water conservation in our daily lives.

During Drinking Water Week the Portsmouth Water and Fire District will be promoting water conservation. Driscoll said that every water user can have an impact by being 'water wise.' "We are not saying 'don't use the water', we are saying 'don't waste it'."

For the twenty-fourth consecutive year, the District will conduct a water conservation program for the town's third and seventh grade school children. The program aims to increase each student's awareness of the importance of water in their lives and to teach them how to conserve water. The emphasis of the program is on changing the water use habits of the children and their families through simple, commonsense techniques. This education program continues to be well received by the Portsmouth school system.

Editorial note: Written from a press release.

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Portsmouth Water announces north end flushing schedule

Portsmouth Water customers in the north end of town may see some discoloration next week as the district conducts periodic maintenance by flushing the mains, the PWFD announced in an e-mail today.

The Portsmouth Water and Fire District will be flushing water mains from 8:00 p.m. to 4:00 a.m. per the following schedule:

Oct 1 Willow Lane and Sprague Street., Bristol Ferry Road to Camara Drive and Mitchell Road, and side streets.
Oct 2 Bristol Ferry Road from Cherokee Drive to Bayview Avenue, Boyds Lane to East Main Road and side streets. East Main Road from Sprague Street and Child Street to Boyds Lane and side streets, including Viking Drive area.
Oct 3 Island Park and Hummocks Point areas.
Oct 8 Sprague Street to Freeborn Street, Turnpike Avenue and side streets; West Main Road from Statue Way to Sprague Street and side streets.
Oct 9 East Main Road from Child Street to Clements and Aquidneck Place and side streets to Sakonnet River. Also Common Fence Point.
Oct 10 Common Fence Point.

Discoloration of the water is expected during and after the flushing. Flushing in one area may create discolored water in other areas. Customers are advised to avoid washing clothes and those with hot water tanks are advised to avoid drawing hot water during the flushing hours and until any discoloration has cleared. It is expected that the water will clear by midday after the flushing. Customers may also experience low water pressure during the flushing.

Editorial note: Written from a press release.

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Vote for Portsmouth Water Board today!

Please take five minutes today and head down to the Portsmouth Water & Fire District to vote in their Board election. Both of the incumbents, Joe Magliocco and Ron Molleur, have been doing a good job and deserve another term.

I know it's a pain to stop by the office at 1944 East Main Road, but this is one of the few elections -- anywhere -- that a write-in candidate can actually win. It has happened in the past.

Five minutes. East Main Road. Vote for the "M"s. Thanks!

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Portsmouth Water Board election June 12

If you live in the Portsmouth Water & Fire District, you're eligible to vote in the upcoming election of officers on Wednesday, June 12, 2013 at the District's main office at 1944 East Main Road. The polls will open at 7:00 AM and close at 8:00 PM.

Of the Board's seven seats, two are up for re-election, the incumbents Treasurer Joseph A. Magliocco of 7 Mill Lane and Moderator Ronald L. Molleur of 15 Molleur Road.

Voters should remember that as now required by in state law, identification will be required to vote in the District’s election.

Editorial note: While this seems like a low-risk election, because turnout is typically in the low hundreds, it's important to show up and vote. The incumbents have been doing a good job, and this is one of the few places where a silent write-in campaign could change the outcome. Please take a few minutes to stop by the office and vote on June 12. And don't worry -- I'll remind you.

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Portsmouth Wapping Road closure next Tuesday

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Next Tuesday, April 9, a stretch of Wapping Road in Portsmouth between Bramans Lane and Old Mill Lane will be closed for water main work, according to a release from the Portsmouth Water and Fire District (PWFD).

Says the PWFD: "Motorists are advised that construction vehicles will be entering and leaving the area. It is expected that traffic will be impacted from 7:00 AM until 7:00 PM. Motorists are encouraged to seek alternative routes."

Editorial note: Written from a press release.

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PWFD construction Wednesday on Bristol Ferry Road

The Portsmouth Water and Fire District (PWFD) issued an advisory about water main work on Wednesday, September 12 in the area of 273 Bristol Ferry Road and 524 Bristol Ferry Road. Two lanes of Bristol Ferry Road will be closed for the work, with both north and southbound traffic reduced to one lane in each direction.

Construction vehicles will be entering and leaving the area, and It is expected that traffic will be
impacted from 7:00 AM until 7:00 PM. Motorists are encouraged to seek alternative routes.

Editorial note: Written from a press release.

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Portsmouth traffic delays from construction on East Main near Park Ave

You'll want to avoid the upper end of East Main Road in Portsmouth if possible today, as lane reductions are in place between Sprague St. and Park Ave for construction. According to a release from the Portsmouth Water and Fire District (PWFD) the work is on a water main in the right-hand southbound lane of East Main, but it will affect traffic in both directions from 7am to 8pm.

There were plenty of construction vehicles moving around the area when I went through this morning, so I can personally vouch for the PWFD's suggestion to seek alternate routes.

Editorial note: Written from a press release.

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Portsmouth Water recognizes Guy Polselli for 25 years of service

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Guy Polselli receives plaque from Phil Driscoll. Photo courtesy of PWFD.

The Portsmouth Water and Fire District (PWFD) recently recognized former board member Guy Polselli for his 25 years of service as an elected member. Polselli, who chose not to seek another term in last month's election, was presented with a plaque from the PWFD and the New England Waterworks Association honoring his contributions.

The plaque, presented by PWFD Board Chair Phil Driscoll read, in part, "He worked diligently during nine elected terms as the Tax Collector and member of the Administrative Board, serving one year as Board Chairman. From his service on the Administrative Board to his leadership as Chairman of the Engineering Subcommittee, he gave freely of his time and expertise for the benefit of the District."

After receiving the plaque, Mr. Polselli thanked the Board and District staff for the pleasure of working with them over his tenure. He also thanked the District’s constituents who supported him during the past twenty-five years. Mr. Polselli’s wife Maureen, their five children, and a number of grandchildren were in attendance to witness the presentation.

Editorial note: Written from a press release, but also, from the heart. Guy is one of those folks whose contributions to this town may not be highly visible, but there is not a person who has not benefited from his diligent, thoughtful service to our community. Thank you, Guy.

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Portsmouth water offers one-month grace period on annual bills

The Portsmouth Water and Fire District (PWFD) voted this week to give customers a one-month grace period for paying annual water bills due July 1, the district announced today.

According to a release, PWFD board chair Phil Driscoll indicated that the district has historically given a 15-day grace period for the annual payments, but felt a full month would be more appropriate given the slow economy and the higher water overage charges due to last year’s water rate increase. Driscoll noted that moving the grace period to the end of the monthly billing cycle will also improve the efficiency of processing of late charges.

Driscoll said that with the new meter reading system currently being installed and a planned billing software upgrade, the Board expects to switch to quarterly billing for all customers in the spring of 2013, which should make payments more manageable.

Annual water bills will now be due by 4 p.m. on August 1 to avoid a late charge or interest charge.

Editorial note: Written from a press release.

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Czech, Nott, Faerber take Portsmouth Water Board election

With just 185 votes cast, the ratepayers of the Portsmouth Water and Fire District (PWFD) elected Ted Czech and Michael Nott as Tax Assesors and Fred Faerber to the position of Tax Collector, according to results of yesterday's election reported by the district.

Faerber had 158 votes in his race, and Czech (150) and Nott (153) both won easily.

The PWFD comprises 12,425 eligible voters.

Editorial note: Written from a press release.

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