WELCOME TO BRIDGEHAVEN WATER
The following information will introduce you to the Bridgehaven Water System.
The community water system consists of two wells located at 115 Robin Lane. Both wells are 400 feet deep. Well number one (the primary well) can pump 254 gallons per minute. Well number two (45 feet to the south of well number one) is the standby well and can pump 55 gallons per minute. Both wells feed our storage tanks with a capacity of 252,000 gallons. As the water enters the top of the tank it is aerated thru three sprinkler heads. This enables the natural occurring hydrogen sulfide gas to leach out of the water (sulfur smell). This is the only treatment of our water. Occasionally it is necessary to disinfect the system with chorine when a bacteria event occurs.
The water is delivered from the tank to the community thru approximately 6.5 miles of water mains (two to eight inches in diameter). Our water service area runs from Admirals Row south to the 90-degree turn in Thorndyke Rd. and from the marina south to the end of South Point Rd. Currently, our system serves 216 homes with a population of approximately 500 people
Our water is tested twice each month for bacteria. If bacteria is present further tests are required. Other tests are required periodically by state and federal regulations.
The manager is required to issue a report to all customers every June stating all water sampling and results done the previous year. This is usually combined with the annual BRIDGEHAVEN WATER WAYS newsletter.
Current Water Utility Commissioners: Joe Schwan, Bill Bryant, and Steve Drury.
Water Utility Manager: Jose Escalera.
Bridgehaven Water had an incident where a pressure relief valve at the Peabody/Dickey station failed. As most of you are aware, Bridgehaven has 2 water towers holding 252,000 gallons located on the highest point of Robin Lane. This results in substantial pressure at the mid level (Peabody, Dickey, Maxview, Blue Jay) and spit level areas.
This is a reminder that homeowners should have in place pressure reducing valves between the water meter and the residence to minimize the possibility of damage in the event of a sudden pressure increase.
From Jose Escalera, our water manager:
The valves can be found at any of the Big box stores such as Lowe’s/Home Depot. The prices range anywhere from $75-$200 per valve. Plus there will be other fittings needed for installation. All installations will need to be on the customer side of the meter.
Yes, there will be excavation needed between the meter and the house, which is where it’s recommended it be placed. Any certified plumber such as Coon plumbing, as an example, can install them. However it is not required. If a homeowner feels this is a project they are comfortable doing, it is certainly ok for them to install the valve on their own. Hope this answers your questions, feel free to reach out to me if there is anything else you might need.