Water Committee Grievance

In January of 2016 a water committee was created in Newport Center Vermont to address the problems the town has been having for decades which recently resulted in 200% increase on the water bill. After a few months one member of the water committee claimed that the reduction of the water bill was “never going to happen”. He also claimed that reducing the water bill and installing the meters was never discussed. Despite several videos right here on this website you can see and hear his discussion on water meters. Go to Video 3 on Dec 3rd and see Ernest speak on water meters Why would someone turn around and contradict himself on an issue like this? What is he up to. No good perhaps..

Water Committee Member Meltdown

I had thought of commenting on this but I feel Dwight’s performance speaks for itself. I will say only that this is a violation of the Brown Act “Right To Know” and the Open Meeting Laws.

Water Committee Progress 4/28/16

We just received our water committee progress report and there still are questions at least in my mind.
I will be attending presenting them to the water committee at the next meeting.

If any of you have any questions I will be glad to preset them on your behalf to the water committee if you cannot attend. I will present them anonymously if you prefer. I realize this is an effort of the committee in transparency and I applaud this, but needs further discussion in my opinion.

They might tell you to attend the meeting but most residents do not want to go and I understand this.

But even if you do not want to attend the meeting you are still entitled to answers should you have questions.

Post then here or on face book and comments always welcome

Thank you

Barry Sahagian

Water System Solutions

I have to say I know nil about how water systems function. I never really thought about this. But now I in middle of this issue, reminded every week when I have cough up an additional 40.00 per week to pay the recent increase of the water bill by 100%. So I ask around town and many residents are “well” informed. Some even have professional opinion having served on a water committee in the past.

So I guess I have to take their opinions seriously. I listened to one by Ernest Choquette who has served on the Newport Town Water Committee in the past as well as keeping up with the current issue we are having.

Ernest says we have plenty of water. One of the primary reasons we have a so called shortage is that there are many leaks in the piping distribution of the water. He says the drilling new wells and then using the old leaky pipe distribution of the water is counter productive. His solution would be first fix the leaking pipes, then add meters.. Fixing the pipes will get us more water to use instead of having the water leak into the ground all over town. So hypothetically we will have more water to distribute by fixing the leaks.. Then install meters. When this happens, naturally the residents will be more conservative in water usage. they pay for only what they use thus the water bill goes down for the conservative users…

Ernest’s analogy uses a car that has a wheel alignment problem. So the tires wear out quickly.
So you can either buy new tires to fix the problem temporarily or fix the alignment for a permanent solution.

Drill new wells and distribute through leaky pipes or fix the pipes not drill new wells.

Another resident who served on the water committee person, Dennis Delabruere also believes in this solution.. what do you think? Any thoughts.. love to hear them…