Apparently, the whereabouts of the errant pig is still unknown, but water is now making its way from the reservoir in Churchtown to the water treatment plant here in Hudson. At the request of Gossips, DPW superintendent Rob Perry just provided this update:
Tank is filling and we are almost at 1/2 tank. We built our tank volume by 350,000 gallons since restoring flow to the treatment plant yesterday afternoon.
We have the pump and all necessary fittings to make an interconnection with Greenport if necessary. These are all rented, and we will return them once the tank is full. We also have verbal approval for the emergency interconnection from County & State Department of Health.
We are cautiously optimistic that the tank will be filled to capacity over the next week. But we need the community to resist the temptation to:
- water gardens,
- water lawns,
- fill pools,
- wash cars.
Independently, these actions don't seem like much, but when compounded by hundreds of property owners, this represents a significant strain on our compromised system.
Gossips wants to add one more exhortation: "Tell everyone you know." The number of Hudson residents who don't read the mayor's Facebook page or the Register-Star or The Gossips of Rivertown for that matter is likely very significant. While returning from Fairview Avenue earlier this evening, I noticed evidence that suggested a car had been washed on Carroll Street. The street was wet, and water was running in the gutter. I would wager the person who washed the car knew nothing about Hudson's current water emergency.