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Hinesburg Water Works

Town of Hinesburg Water Works Department Mission Statement
The Water Works Department will provide adequate water to meet the demands of the users. The Town of Hinesburg will ensure water quality meets all Minimum State and Federal Standards, striving to provide water of the highest quality standards within the confines of local budget constraints. The facilities, equipment and records shall be kept in a manner consistent with the high professional standards of the Town of Hinesburg.


Water Works Department

Superintendent:   Erik Bailey
Email:  ebailey@hinesburg.org

Pager:  802-482-8229 – Emergency Use ONLY

Operator: John Alexander
Email: jalexander@hinesburg.org
Operator: Bart Sherman
Email: bsherman@hinesburg.org

Hinesburg Water Source Feasibility Study

The Town of Hinesburg commissioned a feasibilitity study to look at other potential town water sources for further study. At the March 18, 2013 Select Board meeting Aldrich & Elliott Engineers gave a presentation before the board of their findings.

Consumer Confidence Reports (CCR)

What is a CCR?
"The Consumer Confidence Report, or CCR, is an annual water quality report that a community water system is required to provide to its customers. The CCR helps people make informed choices about the water they drink. They let people know what contaminants if any, are in their drinking water, and how these contaminants may affect their health. CCRs also give the system a chance to tell customers what it takes to deliver safe drinking water." From the US Environmental Protection Agency website at http://water.epa.gov/lawsregs/rulesregs/sdwa/ccr/frequentquestions.cfm

MTBE Found In Hinesburg Water Supply

In January of 2009 the Hinesburg Select Board was informed by the State that tests of the Town’s main water supply detected a low level of the contaminant Methyl Tertiary Butyl Ether (MTBE). Two tests indicated levels of 1.2 and 2.6 Parts Per Billion (PPB – equivalent to one penny in ten-million dollars).

The State indicated that up to 40 PPB are acceptable in a drinking water supply before mitigation measures are recommended. A notice was sent to all users of the Town’s water system. The Select Board believes it is important for users of the system to be aware of the presence of the contaminant. Neither the State nor the Federal Environmental Protection Agency believes there is a health concern at the levels that have been detected. More information about MTBE can be found at the following EPA website: http://www.epa.gov/mtbe/

MTBE is a common additive in gasoline. Fuel leaks from storage tanks have contaminated ground water throughout the country. In 2005 the Vermont legislature passed a ban on the sale of gasoline containing MTBE. That ban went into effect in January 2007.

MTBE Test Results – Town of Hinesburg Water Supply
Sample Date Well 1 Well 3 Total Influent
11/12/15 15 4.8 2.3
10/16/15 1.4 ND<0.5 0.6
9/14/15 1.2 2.1 3.0
8/20/15 2.1 2.3 3.2
7/31/15 1.1 0.5 2.8
6/26/15 1.5 3.1 2.9
5/13/15 1.5 1.7 3.3
4/01/15 3.1 2.6 4.2
3/17/15 1.5 2.1 2.9
2/17/15 1.5 2.2 3.3
1/23/15 1.4 2.1 2.0
1/07/15 3.3 2.3 1.8
Results in Parts Per Billion (PPB)

Note: Currently the United States Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) limit for MTBE in the water supply is 40 ppb (parts per billion). The two wells the Town of Hinesburg uses in the Village for the municipal water supply have been well below this level. The highest reading was measured at about 5 ppb.

The Town of Hinesburg has hired the environmental consulting firm of Heindel and Noyes to perform the ongoing sampling and monitoring of these two town wells. Both parties feel that the EPA benchmark level of 40 ppb is too high and have set the action limit to 15 ppb.

Testing of the water will be performed bi-weekly. For more information contact the Hinesburg Department of Buildings & Facilities at (802) 482-2281 ext 229

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