Directors of the Pine Cove Water District re-elected Robert Hewitt as board president last week. Director Diana Luther returns as vice president and Director Lou Padula as secretary. All of the officers were elected to their current board office in August 2015.
When Hewitt asked for nominations, Director Vicki Jakubac replied, “I’m happy with the way things are now.”
Next, Padula made the motion to retain the same slate of officers. The vote was unanimous.
PCWD’s water supplies remain good, Holldber told the board. The district remains in water conservation Stage 2, which was initiated in June.
Although the groundwater level of the district’s static well no. 10 dropped 3 feet in October, it remained at that level in November.
During November, PCWD produced 2.3 million gallons, which were 240,000 gallons, or 9.4 percent, less than November 2017.
Since Jan. 1, 2018, total water production has been 31.5 million gallons, which is 2.8 million, or 8.2 percent, less than same period in 2017.
However, the water loss grew to 16 percent last month and 11 percent since January. The water loss was 17 percent in March and 16 percent for all of 2017. However, since March, it had fallen each period to a low of 7 percent in September.
The large jump, Holldber attributed to a major leak in the Cedar Glen neighborhood. At first it appeared to be several small ones, but he discovered the leaks were transversing a 20-foot section of pipe.
“We might have to replace the pipe. It was a lot of water added up in a hurry,” he told the board and said he would be monitoring the pipe to determine whether it will need to be replaced.
He also mentioned that nearly 230 customers have chosen to receive their bills via email. This option and the ability to pay the bill online were the result of the efforts of Becky Smith, office manager.
All of the new pipe and hydrants have been laid and installed for the South Central project, Holldber reported. The remaining work is placing the poles identifying the hydrant locations for protection from snow plows.

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