Rural Water - Quarter 3, 2008 - (Page 12)

From Hypo to Gas A FORWARD LEAP How one utility found its way to simplify its disinfection operation. BY GERALD F. CONNELL CHESAPEAKE RANCH ESTATES was established in 1960 on the western shores of the Chesapeake Bay, about an hour’s drive to Washington, D.C., or Baltimore. Since there was no readily available water, a privately owned water system was built to serve the development. By 1979, the community had grown to several thousand subscribers and the Chesapeake Ranch Water Association (CRWA), a not-for-profit cooperative, was founded. The water system has been operated by the cooperative for nearly 30 years. By 2008, the water system supplied almost 10,000 people through 4,000 connections, serving homes and businesses while providing fi re protection for the development. Two elevated storage tanks with a combined storage of 750,000 gallons and 70 miles of distribution lines are served by four wells 12 • Third Quarter 2008 operating at depths in the range of 600 hs feet. The system is operated by five employees. Due to its size and uniqueness, the system sought an affi liation with an organization that would be attuned to its needs. This was provided by the National Rural Water Association (NRWA), an organization with more than 25,000 utility members in all 50 states dedicated to serving the needs of the smaller water system. The quality of the aquifer required only the addition of a disinfectant to meet Maryland state guidelines. The CRWA system strove to maintain 1 mg/L (ppm) residual level to meet

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Rural Water - Quarter 3, 2008

Rural Water - Quarter 3, 2008
From the President
From Hypo to Gas - A Forward Leap
If You Lose All Your Data Today... Would You Still Be in Business Tomorrow?
Weaving the Wireless Web
Rural Water and the Farm Bill
Ensuring Your Water System's Security
Guarding Against Becoming a Victim of Fraud
10 Ways to Improve Utility Efficiency
New Technology
Making a Difference By Being Involved
Regulatory Update
Source Water Protection Corner
Throwing My Loop
Cub Scouts Visit Alliance of Indiana Rural Water's Spring Conference
Index to Advertisers
From the CEO

Rural Water - Quarter 3, 2008