Pine-Strawberry Meeting To Focus On Water Outage

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Pine-Strawberry water users could learn what caused outages to more than 1,000 customers if they attend a 10 a.m. public meeting tomorrow, Saturday, July 28, at the Pine Community Center.

The outage extended from June 19 until June 23.

Pine Strawberry Water Improvement District chairman Gary Lovetro stresses officials from CH2MHill will be conducting the meeting rather than PSWID.

“They are making the presentation on the agenda,” he said.

CH2MHill is an international engineering, construction and operations firm hired in October of 2010 to run the two water companies.

Following the presentation, members of the board may ask questions of CH2MHill officials, who will likely include Regional Vice President Robert Kuta, who was in the two communities during the outages.

Following the board’s queries, the public will be allowed to ask questions without having to fill out the “blue cards” that are required in regular PSWID meetings.

During the course of the investigation, officials confirmed it focused on what caused two booster stations to malfunction, which has been identified as one of the main causes of the outage.

The rumor mill in Pine during the outages focused on the impact of the firing and resignation of three employees shortly before the problems developed.

Some speculated that someone might have tampered with the pumps or that employees that replaced those who had been let go made critical errors in operating the pumps.

Lovetro has stressed that the problems didn’t arise from a lack of water, but from the breakdown in the delivery system.

The board chairman also said the meeting is being held on a Saturday so those who are part-time residents with second homes in the two towns can attend.

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