Gossips just received this information from DPW superintendent Rob Perry.
The water department was able to successfully insert and send the "swab" with the intent to push the pig backwards into an open receiving pit. After a few hours, the swab made its way to the open pit at the water plant. The pig did not.
- temporary interconnect with Greenport, and
- emergency excavation and removal of the Claverack "blow-off" to retrieve the pig.
We also evaluated the available flow and current status of tank volume. Our tank is at a dangerously low level [of] 835,000 gallons or roughly 1/3 the usual operating capacity.
We know that the pig is still partially in a section of our transmission main and we know this poses a threat to our flow. But for now, we are able to manage raw water flow in excess of 1,000 gpm, and filling the tank is our first priority.
At this rate and considering consumption trends, it will reasonably take a week to reach full capacity.
During the next few weeks, we will evaluate the plan to extricate the pig.
The takeaway here, it seems, is that it is still necessary to conserve water. As before, the boldface is Gossips' addition.