Roadside spring may need fence
The Roadside Spring in Woodstock has been closed for the past month because of failed water quality tests, and town officials are concerned about possible effects of human waste.
A test in the third week of September came back positive for coliform bacteria, Town Manager Vern Maxfield said.
The town had to test the water five successive times in a month and get a clean result each time in order to reopen.
Initially, he said, “We did not get that.”
The next step was to flush the system and bleach it, followed by another round of testing.
That round started Oct. 11.
In the meantime spring users were told they could get clean drinking water from a hose at the Woodstock Fire Station.
On Wednesday, Maxfield said the spring had passed the second round of testing.
He said a similar problem with water testing happened two years ago, requiring the same series of tests and cleanings.
At last week’s selectmen’s meeting, Maxfield told the board that human waste had recently been found uphill of the spring.
Maxfield also said spring users have reported seeing people urinating behind the spring.
Selectman Rick Young said a chain link fence was needed behind the spring to deter people.
“That’s unfortunate, but true,” said Maxfield.
Maxfield said later the board may consider proposing a fence at next year’s annual Town Meeting.
(Update: According to Jim Chandler, member of the Woodstock Conservation Commission and caretaker of the spring, "The water test results only tested positive for Total coliform (2 colonies/100 ml) with no E.coli. This shows that there was no signs of human waste contamination in the well and that maintenance was needed to clear up the problem. We have done maintenance and have cleared up the problem. The Woodstock Spring is now reopened.”)
$5,000 to library
In other business last week, Maxfield announced The Whitman Memorial Library has received a gift of $5,000 from the estate of the late Evelyn Bean.
A call has also gone out for people to volunteer for a committee to organize the town’s 200th anniversary celebration in 2015.
(Note: This article was updated at 11:55 a.m. Thursday to reflect a correction to information presented at the selectmen's meeting. The correct information is in parentheses above.)