September 26, 2018

Seekonk Water District Holds 72nd Annual Meeting And Receives 2018 Public Water Supply Award of Excellence!

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On May 8th 2018, The SWD held its 72nd Annual meeting at the Seekonk Public Library on Newman Avenue. Ratepayers attending the meeting approved the water District's $ 2,468,035.65 budget. This is a 0.51% decrease from the FY 2018 budget for the upcoming 2019 fiscal year.

Articles approved at the meeting include a transfer of $250,000 towards a replacement well for Gravel packed Well # One, which was originally constructed in 1953.

Longtime Water District Water Commissioner Robert T. Fuller was also recognized for his many contributions to the Water District during his twenty seven (27) years of service to our Community. Chairman Guy Larrimer presented a plaque to Bob Fuller which read “Your Leadership will be missed. Your values of Fiscal Conservatism, Efficiency, and Professional Practices will remain."

Guests of Honor included State Representative Steven Howitt who presented Mr. Fuller with a Proclamation from the Massachusetts House of Representatives acknowledging this historic event.

Superintendent Robert Bernardo commented on the significant infrastructure improvements made during Commissioner Fuller's tenure, most notably the water treatment plant (WTP).

Earlier in the day, at the Massachusetts State House in Boston, the SWD received the 2018 Public water Supply Award, presented by Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (MADEP) Drinking Water Program, for Outstanding Performance and Achievement in the Medium and Large Community System category in 2017.

Superintendent Bernardo and Office Manager Bob Harper accepted this on our behalf.

This represents the third (3rd) PWS Award the SWD has received in the past two years having previously won both the 2016 Source Protection Award for Outstanding Performance and Achievement for Source Protection in 2015.
The SWD provides drinking water and fire protection to over 12,500 people and 500 businesses in Town. The SWD draws all of it's water from a single underground aquifer through six wells located on the North Western side of Town within the Ten Mile River Watershed. The Entire Town depends on this single aquifer, therefore source water protection and CONSERVATION is a very high priority for all.

Water rates have not increased since 2014. None of these accomplishments would have been possible without the dedication and commitment of our employees. The SWD system includes the (WTP), three water storage tanks totaling over 4 million gallons, 896 fire hydrants, and 114.4 miles of water main. The SWD also has emergency interconnections with Pawtucket Rhode Island and Attleboro Massachusetts.

Respectfully Submitted
Douglas Brown Seekonk Water Commissioner/Board Secretary
70 Brookfield Street, Seekonk, Ma. 02771, (508) 761-7289

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