Ray Buxton Jr., chairman of the Newfields Village Water and Sewer District, stands in front of workers buidling the new chemical water treatment facility off Baker Street.
Crews from PRB Construction of Gilford, are now building a 22-foot, by 18-foot cement-block building at the end of Baker Street, which will serve as a chemical feed facility for the four wells that supply water for the village, said Ray Buxton Jr., the chairman of the water and sewer district commission.
Water from those wells will be piped into the new building where it will be blended and treated with chemicals to meet safe water standards before going to customers.
"Customers should see no change in their water while this project is underway," Buxton
said, adding the new treatment facility should be online by the fall of 2010.
said one of the village district wells has levels of arsenic at 14 to 15 parts per billion.
Regular tests are done on the well to monitor those levels and the results are reported to the state as well as water customers in Newfields
The new treatment process will ensure that the water meets standards for not only arsenic levels, but also for copper and lead, Buxton
The district obtained financing for the project through a low interest loan from the New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services
, which will be paid back over a 20-year period.
Before the chemical feed facility could be constructed the district was charged with upgrading the water lines in the water district, as well as refurbishing their existing wells.
All of the engineering and design work was done by Hoyle Tanner and Associates of Manchester
A crew from Knipstein and Conner of Newfields
, already installed a new 8-inch water main in Hemlock Court to pipe in water from a well there to the new treatment facility located off Baker Street.
The wells were cleaned and refurbished, which increased the volume of water they produced by 50 percent, Buxton
"We were just meeting the needs of the district before and now we're way over," Buxton
said of the increased water volume.