To: Town of Milton Residents
From: Greg Wingo, Public Works Supervisor
Date: March 18, 2015
At 7:00a.m., on March 10, 2015, I began draining Tower #1 (Chandler St. Water Tower) to start the re-scheduled repairs and maintenance which included sand blasting and painting. I wanted to wait for a bit before bypassing the Tower completely to monitor the pressures and pumps before completely shutting down the water Tower.
Everything was working good and proceeding as planned, so at approximately 9:00a.m., I turned off two valves and one valve on, to complete the bypass. The last valve was found to be stuck in the closed position and I could not free it up. By this time, the water pressures had dropped and the Public Works staff had to dig up the valve and make repairs. The valve was repaired and reinstalled at approximately 10:25a.m. The water pressure was restored in Town. The Public Works staff checked water pressures and took samples Town wide. The Office of Drinking Water and Delaware Rural Water Association were notified of the water situation. The water samples were tested by the Office of Drinking Water and everything came back good.
The next day, March 11, at approximately 9:50a.m., a line in the manifold in the well-house broke; all water pressure in Town was not totally lost, as well #5 was operating to keep the water pressures around 32 to 42 psi Town wide. The repair was completed around 6:00p.m. A breaker tripped in the well-house on Sunday, March 15, 2015 which caused a drop in water pressure, but this situation was fixed within 15 minutes.
Since the first situation occurred, the Public Works staff tested, sampled, and flushed fire hydrants Town wide to make sure the water was safe. We will be continuing this process for a few weeks. We’ve also collected special samples which have come back good.
If you notice color in your water, open every faucet in your house or business facility and let them run for about five or ten minutes, so the water lines flush completely. If you have any questions please feel free to contact me at 302 462-1775.