2005-10-13 / News

Town leads Northeast in water conservation

Steven Goslee, director of Jamestown Department of Public Works, said the island is a leader in the Northeast in the field of water conservation, based on his talks with peers at the annual meeting of the New England Water Works Association last month in Rockport, Maine.

He is serving a two-year term as president of the Rhode Island section of the NEWWA. The 120-year-old organization bills itself as the oldest advocate for the water utilities industry in the region.

Goslee said others in the field of water works are “interested in what we’ve done,” especially with the toilet retrofit rebate program. More than half of the 680 customers of the town water department have installed required water-saving retrofits of their toilets.

The retrofits were mandated in 1999 to be completed within five years. The deadline was extended because funds for more rebates were available. About $20,000 has been given. The town has a maximum of $25,000 for the retrofits. The program will end Nov. 29, after which those without lowflow toilets will be subject to water turnoffs. The town also requires that all washing machines be low-flow models by 2009.

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