AW&P lead and copper sampling

If Anchorage Well & Pump Service left you a water sampling kit, please use it according to the instructions.  This is part of our community well water testing in addition to that which they do at the source.

Some of us have in the past received water sampling kits from other vendors, looking to sell well services or water treatment systems.  This AW&P sampling is legit and not part of a sales pitch.  They service our well pumps and generator on contract.

New wellhouse road gate

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John Lackey finished the wellhouse road gate fabrication and hung it on September 3.  It’s powder-coated steel and hung on treated wood; so it should have a very long life.  We’ll be securing it with a combo lock that will be given out as needed to the well maintenance company and plowing crew.  We are also working on designing a sign for the gate.  There is No Trespassing on the wellhouse road.  People who don’t even live in the neighborhood have been found loitering or shooting down there.


Status of well fix 7/16/15

3:05pm: Water service has been restored! There may be sediment in the water; so flush your lines to clear it up. If anyone has low pressure, clean out/change filters and faucet screens. The service people ended up having to do the gate valve swap live because the system wasn’t draining very quickly and they wanted to speed things up. That valve will serve us for the next 20+ years.

12:45pm: So far the well tank and switch fix is going fine. However, when they turned the gate valve to turn the system back on, the gate valve failed. To fix it, they are having to drain the entire system (this takes awhile). They’ve picked up the part they need, and it will take about 20 minutes to fix after the system is done draining. It will be into the afternoon before the system is back in water.

We have hoses open to help drain the system, and I will post here when I am notified that the system is fixed and water service is restored.

Well pressure tank replacement

The Board was informed by the contractor who maintains the well and generator that the well pressure tank is failing.  They said this causes significant water hammer when the pressure is low in the air portion of the bladder.  They’ve been adding air each visit, but it’s failing to the point that, since they’re not here but every two weeks or so, the air pressure is gone by the time they get back.  The water hammer is hard on the pumps.

The pressure tank will be replaced soon. [EDIT: The high-pressure switches will also be replaced, as one has failed and the other one is not looking good. This is likely affecting water pressure.]

Wellhouse Gate

[Edited 8/6/15]:  Hill Timber member John Lackey is building a powder-coated steel gate (at cost) to secure the wellhouse driveway.  It will be posted with no-trespassing signage and be locked.  The lock combination will be distributed on an as-needed basis.  Gate is still in work due to unforeseen circumstances.