McElory sites Aquarion"s critical pumping apacity deficincies as a red herring
AQUARION WATER BAN – by Joe McElroy
According to John Walsh, Aquarion’s Vice President for Operations, “…the pumping capacity of our sources has been reached….” He went on to say that while the water supply is adequate, the issue is with the pumps, which move the water from the system’s nine wells and one reservoir to the treatment plant.
I hope that Hingham, Hull, and Cohasset selectpersons petition their legislators to accelerate on-going efforts to dump Aquarion. It is bad enough that Aquarion imposes partial/total water bans each year because of supply/demand imbalances. Now, they site a “pumping capacity” critical deficiency. Decades of poor planning has resulted in the supply/demand imbalance. The most obvious solution to the supply/demand imbalance is to work with Cohasset who has an excess of water and could lower cost to its ratepayers by selling water to Hingham. The “red herrings” of color/smell-odor are just that: “red herrings.” Cohasset already provides water to Aquarion to support Linden Ponds. Inadequate pumping capacity is inexcusable, but can be easily rectified.
DOES NOT HOLD WATER
McElroy ran this letter in another newspaper:
VP of Operations John Walsh’s 7/11/14 letter to the Cohasset Mariner’s Editor: “Aquarion explains reasons for ban” simply does not hold water. After the 1990’s huge rate increases and water ban crises, I initiated a meeting with Larry Bingham (sp?) – the Aquarion VP of Operations at that time, to address the same issues and he told several of us (I am sure it was in the Mariner): “….that Aquarion was committed to a solution (or words to that effect).” Shortly thereafter, he was promoted and relocated to Corporate Headquarters. Check me out. We had meetings at Aquarion (Hingham Office) and even at the Cohasset Water Department. Come clean John – about fifteen years and you are looking for engineering solutions to pump capacity! It is not rocket science. As for reservoir capacity, you did not even comment. During past water bans, Aquarion sited reservoir capacity issues and did not come clean on pumping capacity constraints.
John: your three panic voice mails said, “…no outside watering” as does your sign on Forest Avenue. You contradict your voice mails and sign when you editorial comment says – watering is permissible. In a previous public relations release, Mr. Walsh noted that the emergency ban was to assure sufficient capacity for safety and commercial customers. I would not presume to contest safety. Despite being pro-business – they should experience severe cutbacks. Watch how fast Mr. Walsh solves the problem when the business community marches on Aquarion.© Copyright 2014 Tanna K, All rights Reserved. Written For: Tinytown Unleashed