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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. Buxton 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 said. 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, Buxton said. 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 said. "We were just meeting the needs of the district before and now we're way over," Buxton said of the increased water volume.
Newfields Fire Chief Ray Buxton said the fire was under control within 20 minutes. A shift was working at the time the fire broke out, but Buxton said there were no injuries.Newfields Police Lt.Buxton said he believes the fire started in one of the smoke-removing ovens and then traveled into the plant's duct system.Most of firefighters' efforts were directed to the first floor of the building.Buxton said the plant maintenance engineer would investigate the fire. Hutchinson Sealing, formerly known as Kingston Warren Corp., produces "sealing strips and soft rubber glass-run channels for use in automotive and various other applications," according to the state Department of Environmental Services. Buxton said the business should be back up and running in a day or two.
NEWFIELDS - The Newfields Village Water and Sewer District on Wednesday fixed a water service break that may be responsible for some of the town's recent water woes, said Ray Buxton Jr., chairman of the Newfields Village Water & Sewer District.Repairs were made on Route 85 near the railroad bridge.Since May 25 the water district serving 175 Newfields customers has been under an emergency water ban.The main well that supplies 80 percent of the town's water has not recharged as quickly as usual to produce enough water for the district's needs, Buxton said.The repaired leak may be one of the causes for the water shortage.The leak stems from when the railroad bridge was rebuilt two years ago.Water service was disconnected from a demolished house that was a part of that project.The disconnected service was buried underground and it started leaking and eventually came through the surface of the pavement, Buxton said.The district estimates 10,000 gallons of water a day came out of that leak.On Wednesday, a crew dug out the disconnected service and installed a new shut off on it, Buxton said.The district received permission from the state Department of Environmental Services and drilled two emergency wells last month in the area of Well 6 on Hemlock Court to eliminate the water shortage.But neither effort produced enough water, Buxton said.At Monday's monthly meeting, the district hired a hydrologist to come up with proposals to fix the water problem.Emery & Garrett Groundwater Inc. of Meredith is working on solutions, Buxton said.One long-term solution is the Bassett Lane well.It will take about 18 months to get through the permitting process and construction to connect the well to the main water supply, Buxton said.
Newfields firefighters responding to the single-alarm fire at the Route 85 manufacturing plant put the small blaze out in a matter of minutes, said Ray Buxton, Newfields assistant fire chief.
Newfields Assistant Fire Chief Ray P. Buxton Jr. said blazes are harder to handle in older homes as fire tends to move more quickly through the walls of older, wooden structures.