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Congratulations to the Board of Directors and Staff of SE H2o for the 2017 Best Tasting Drinking Water in the State!
The trophy was presented to Southeast Water Users District by Eric Volk of North Dakota Rural Water Systems Association of Bismarck at the 43rd Annual Meeting, March 15th at the VFW/Community Center-Mantador ND.
The System-Wide Expansion is closed. Our people who are working on easements are out and very busy trying to set up appointments to have easements signed so we can install water lines. This is a vital part to any project and we appreciate all of you who have signed already and those of you that will be signing in the near future. Without easements, the job of installing water lines becomes non-existant in some locations, so they are an integral part of the Expansion. We have given all of the proposed new consumers notification by mail, and also have done follow-up courtesy calls requiring a signed Membership Form and the fees due. There are a number of consumers who were notified that we could not serve them under the expansion and letters were sent out. Some of them had to do with the distance from a line and others were where we could not get them enough pressure. Some were also notified about a cost-share program IF they were interested and needed to call the office. Again, this was done by letter notification. That being said, the bid for this project is to be done March 28th and the contractor will be starting as soon as they can depending on our spring and the weather. Where they will start will be up to them as we do not have control over that, so we hope that they have a good spring, summer and fall to get as many new consumers potable water as they can. Once again, they will be running water to within the 75' mark and installing a curbstop (shut-off) at that point. It will be up to the homeowner to install from that point to their home. We will supply a meter for your use, as that is part of your Membership Fee. You may have a certified plumber install them as we are NOT plumbers here at SE H2o. We will notify you once the water is ready to be used and you will have approximately 60 - 90 days to install to your home. If you need help lining up contractors for that purpose, we have a list available at the office or is also available here on the website under Membership. As always, if you have any questions about the System Wide Expansion or anything else regarding rural water, please give us a call here at the main office and someone will be glad to help you.
Business as usual and still very busy! The Expansion is keeping everyone on their toes. It has been a good winter, so far, with few power outages and a small number of leaks on this side of the system. Let's hope this continues! Here are a couple of pictures from our Reservoir K that just got a new paint job by Field Operator Brandon!
Please remember that we need a new meter reading each and EVERY month or the computer automatically issues an average (yearly avg.) for the month and assesses a $5 penalty for no reading. For those of you who do Direct Pay or Auto Pay by Bank and those of you who send in E-checks, we need those readings around the 15th of each month as billing is done at different times every month.
Paul, the field operator here, is busy working on a few line leaks and also helping with the other 2 areas of SE H2o. We pride ourselves in keeping the water flowing, but sometimes leaks develop and repairs must be made. Please know that we are doing our best to get them up and running as quickly as possible. We always ask for your help as you are the eyes out there on the water system. If you see water sitting or pooling in unusual spots, please notify us and we will check them out. Farmers are the best at noticing as they know the land like the back of their hand and are quite informative when it comes to sitting water. Technology is great but only goes so far!
Troy, the field operator in this area of our system is busy keeping water lines flowing and trying to keep up with consumer issues. As always, we have some freeze-ups during the winter months, so it is a good time to make sure your meters are in working order and there is heat on them so they do not freeze.
All 4 of the Field Operators just completed a very hard task involving a huge filters in the Water Treatment Plant of this division. New media was installed by hand for 2 days straight! Great job guys! We know it was back-breaking labor, but so important for keeping up the quality water our consumers have come to know and appreciate.
As in every district, please keep in mind that we strive to keep our consumers happy, so if you have a problem, please feel free to call the office so we can try to fix the problem!