6. What is the condition and expected life of our distribution system? How is the Town budgeting for water pipe replacement?

The Plan suggests that the Town’s current yearly pipeline replacement program has been underfunded. The recommendation is that Town should target replacement of 1-2% of the total system length per year, so that the total system is fully replaced every 50-100 years. The Plan recommends that the yearly pipeline replacement budget be increased to a minimum of $1.8M per year.  This suggestion was reviewed in light of the Town’s experience with pipe conditions and maintenance. The useful life of distribution system piping is impacted by several factors: pipe material, water quality and hydraulic conditions such as water pressure and velocity. The Town believes that the distribution system is in relatively good shape and that our investments in the pipeline program are appropriate. 

The Town has in fact been increasing its investment in the water distribution system: we budgeted $678K for this purpose in FY 23, and are proposing $475k in FY 24.  The Town has been working diligently to replace the few remaining Asbestos Cement pipes in the distribution system. Only about 3% of the Town’s pipes remain Asbestos Cement.

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1. 1. What is the Water Master Plan and what was it designed to do? Should it be updated?
2. 2. Are our water tanks about to fail?
3. 3. What are the priorities that Weston has established to deal with water system infrastructure investment?
4. 4. Can we address the deficiencies of our water system by encouraging Townspeople to conserve water?
5. 5. What is “active storage” and why is it important to the community?
6. 6. What is the condition and expected life of our distribution system? How is the Town budgeting for water pipe replacement?
7. 7. Can we solve our water provision issues using more pumps or using the pumps we have more continuously?
8. 8. What other steps should Weston take to improve its water system?
9. 9. Why should we replace all three of Weston’s water tanks? Do we need three tanks, or could we make two tanks work?