The Pete’s Lake project is for 70 water connections for approximately 400 residents. They have no central power source and are somewhat isolated. This low density development area can only be accessed by passenger ferry. Their current water system is inexpensive; but not without its own set of problems. MSR Solutions was brought in to discuss upgrading the system with an eye on long term usage.
The residents of Pete’s Lake have been faced with a long standing boil water advisory and there is some controversy over the use of chlorine. Their original system was gravity fed and much of it is on private property with no easement. Difficulties arose with above ground pipes freezing in the winter, overheating in the summer, and being damaged by falling trees.
MSR Solutions proposed an anchored intake pipe. We also suggested to retain the current system for irrigation and fire suppression; with protection from freezing temperatures.
MSR Solutions is currently looking for the best approach to freeze-proof the existing system. Funding still needs to be determined as well as formal Society and VIHA approval. Several upgrades were proposed including rainwater collection, private wells, a UF package plant and a conventional water plant, as stand alone and as dual distribution.