NEW WATER SYSTEM INITIAL INSTRUCTIONS FOR YOUR HOME!!
All homes are now on the new water system! A lot of homeowners have been up during the process and have previously flushed their homes. When the service houseline was transferred over to the new service laterals, if the water valve to the home was on, they were able to flush through an outside hose bib. In homes where the water was off, they were not able to flush. For owners that have not been up and you will be turning on the water for the first time…PLEASE READ!
PLEASE, BEFORE OPENING YOUR HOUSE VALVE - OPEN ALL OUTSIDE HOSE BIBS FIRST. THEN, OPEN THE HOUSE VALVE AND ALLOW TO FLUSH FOR 10 MINUTES PRIOR TO OPENING UP ANY FAUCETS INSIDE. ONCE THAT IS COMPLETE, THEN YOU CAN OPEN YOUR FAUCETS AND FLUSH THEM ALSO FOR TEN MINUTES. ONCE ALL ARE FLUSHED, YOU SHOULD UNSCREW THE SCREENS ON THE FAUCETS, SHOWER HEAD AND CLEAN THOSE OUT. IN SOME HOMES, TO BE CAUTIOUS THE WHITE HANDLE VALVE IN THE METER BOX MAY BE OFF, SO THAT MAY NEED TO BE CHECKED, SEE BELOW.
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Attached are pictures of the new meter box and its contents. Some homes have a pressure reducing valve, which is a domed object with a green tag at the home end of the box, just before that or on boxes without pressure relief valves there is a white handled valve for the homeowner to operate if needed. Prior to that is a meter valve, an electronic meter and angle valve. The meter valve and angle valve should not be operated by homeowners. Also, in the box that protrudes through the lid, with a wire going to the meter is an antenna for remote readings. Caution has to be taken if the lid is opened or removed as not to damage that antenna, or the wire, the owner will be responsible for any damages. The owners with pressure relief valves will be responsible for the pressure relief valves.
I have been asked about lifting hooks and drilling a hole through the box lid, to place a permanent key, these boxes are owned by Snowshoe Springs Association and you cannot drill through them. As you can see from the photos attached that there is a lot of items in those boxes and we do not want holes or any damage to the contents, again any damages will be recouped from whom ever did any damage. Upon opening the boxes, I have found a medium to a small pair of channel locks works well, I have seen others use large wire ties as a handle, or a coated wire, again caution has to be taken.
Regarding pressures, the old water system had very limited pressure controls throughout the system, so some folks will currently experience reduced pressure; the new system is regulated throughout. Some homes have had individual pressure regulators installed and these are pre-set at 50lbs (they range from 25lbs to 75lbs) and Snowshoe will not adjust these, nor was the contractor told to do so. These now belong to the home owner, and they are installed on the homeowners’ side of the meter.
Regarding construction, all major construction and paving have been completed, as everyone knows we have now entered winter with our first snow that took a week to melt and rain shortly thereafter. There is still a lot of small work needed to be completed as well as punch list items and working on some bugs. We have asked the contractor to work on items by priority in case we get a long period of bad weather. They will be working on some meter locations, fire hydrants, abandonments etc. There is a strong possibility that all work may not be completed until spring. We will keep you updated as things progress.
Have a very Happy Thanksgiving!