Water Meeting Notice

Friendship Water System Meeting

March 4, 2021 at 6 p.m. 

Shady Grove Recreation Center
10896 Hwy 501
Saline, LA 71070

Agenda

Call to Order
Pledge of Allegiance/Prayer
Roll Call of Board Members
Approval of Agenda
Approval of Minutes of February 5, 2021
Mr. Culpepper
Old Business
New Business
Bills
Set Date and Time for Next Meeting
Adjourn

 

***Due to covid-19 masks and social distancing protocol are to be expected***

Feb. 21 Update

Please use water sparingly. There are still numerous leaks in the water system, and the system hasn’t been able to pump enough water to build pressure in the lines. If you have water pressure, please avoid using dishwashers, clothes washers, etc. as your usage may be impeding other people on the water line.

February 20th Update

I spoke with the water system operator a little while ago.  He said that with the temperatures rising, we should see water pipes thawing.  That being said, this is the time when leaks appear.  Please look and listen for any signs of leaks.  If you locate a leaking pipe(s), please turn your water off at the meter or let us know so we can turn it off until the leak is fixed.  If the water operator finds evidence of a leak, he will turn the water off to that residence until it’s fixed.  This will get us heading in the right direction to get water restored as soon as possible. 

Feb 18, 2021 Update

I spoke with the water system operator just a few minutes ago. Everyone on the system is experiencing low pressure, leaks, or no water at all. It is a compounded problem.  If there is a leak in a main line or at someone’s home, it weakens everyone’s water pressure from that point on and may result in no water at all.  By the time the leak is located and fixed, the water in the lines from that point on may be frozen.  Fixing the leak won’t restore water if the lines are frozen. 

The operator has been looking for leaks, but until temperatures rise above freezing for a period of time, he won’t be able to know where all the leaks are to fix them.  Please let us know if you are aware of any leaks and their specific location.  Again, until temperatures are above freezing we won’t be able to find and repair all leaks and restore water to all members of the system.

Please click on “Get Updates” on the website (www.MyFriendshipWater.com) to receive updates delivered to your email.

Low/No Water Pressure Update

Several people on our water system contacted me this morning about low or no water pressure. I called our operator, who was already enroute to our wells. At 10:35 am, I heard back from. Since most people on our water system are homebound and using more water than is normal, and since everyone is (and should) have their faucets dripping, the water system was temporarily overloaded.

What can we all do to ensure that we don’t lose water?
1. Keep your faucets dripping (just a little drip will do).
2. Please use water sparingly. Please don’t run dishwashers, clothes washers, bathtubs/showers, or anything else that uses water unless it’s absolutely necessary.

Remember that road conditions are terrible, and we want to keep our water operator off the roads for his safety. If we all do our part over the next few days, we should have no problems.

Winter Weather Update

Forecasters are predicting several days of below freezing temperatures and possible power outages. If you notice a drop in water pressure, have no water pressure, and/or notice a leak in the system, please click on the “Contact Us” tab on this website and let us know as soon as possible. We will be monitoring the Facebook group page and the email associated with this website constantly throughout the next several days.

What you can do:

  1. Be sure your outside faucets are insulated, covered, or dripping. Water moving through the system, even a tiny amount, can help to keep the water from freezing.
  2. Allow your inside faucets to drip during daytime as well as nighttime, anytime temperatures are at or below freezing temperatures.
  3. Alert us with any concerns by clicking on the “Contact Tab” of this website.
  4. Click on “Get Updates” on this website and enter your email address to receive updates about the water system.
  5. Share this information with your family, friends, and neighbors on the water system.
  6. Most importantly, stay safe and warm.

Late Water Bills

Our water system switched billing providers and we had to manually create each individual water bill. For this reason, and delays with the postal service, several people on the water system have still not received their bill. All of this month’s water bills were mailed out Monday morning, February 8th, from Saline. For these reasons, we will not be charging late fees this month. If you have already paid your bill and included the late fee, it will be credited towards next month’s bill.

Also, all of the bills were mailed to the physical address where the home or business is located. If you prefer to have you bill sent to another address, please let us know. Just click on “Contact Us” on the website. We will be monitoring this email address constantly during the upcoming winter storm. Please share this with family, friends and neighbors on the water system.

Notice from Louisiana Department of Health

We received a notice from the Louisiana Department of Health that our water system has failed to monitor for lead and copper during the July 1 through December 31, 2020 monitoring period.  As required by Part XII of the Louisiana State Sanitary Code, we are required to notify all members of the water system of the non-compliance.  We are taking the necessary steps to rectify this situation. 


IMPORTANT INFORMATION ABOUT YOUR DRINKING WATER

Monitoring Requirements Not Met for Friendship Water System

Our water system did not fulfill our monitoring requirements over the past year.  Even though this was not an emergency, as our customers, you have a right to know what happened and what we did to correct the situation.

We are required to monitor your drinking water for specific contaminants on a regular basis.  Results of regular monitoring are an indicator of whether or not our drinking water meets health standards.  During the period of July 1 through December 31, 2020, we did not complete all required monitoring for lead and copper and, therefore, cannot be sure of the quality of our drinking water during that time.

Necessary action has been taken to prevent this violation from recurring.

Please share this information with all the other people who drink this water, especially those who may not have received this notice directly (for example, people in apartments, nursing homes, schools, and businesses).  You can do this by posting this notice in a public place or distributing copies by hand or mail.

For more information, please contact John Culpepper at 318-245-1790.

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