Downward Trends Show Impact to Wards Pond
This chart, provided by EGGI shows the net flow out between 2010 and 2016. The orange line is flow out of Wards Brook Aquifer and the blue line is flow out of Wards Pond. Mr. Tinkham indicated that the model shows zero or negative output during 2017 that would need to be confirmed by real data collection from Wards Pond which is not currently being done. The chart also shows predictions of the flow if water withdrawals are maxed at 603K gallons per day (average) with precipitation at 2013 levels, the lowest rate in this 7 year sample.
Do local laws protect our water?
The Fryeburg Land Use Ordinance (rev 2009) states that any development atop a "prime aquifer" must first complete a study of adverse affects on the aquifer before approval. The LUO is based on Fryeburg's Comprehensive Plan (rev 2104) Ch 3: Natural Resources. The Comp Plan is not law but provides guidance for law makers when writing ordinances.
Why move to public ownership?
FWD trustees believe that transparency of business practices, citizen voice and security of quality and quantity are best insured when residents and rate payers can choose who will make the decisions about expenses and income from our local aquifer. Read here about the process of remunicipalization moving toward public ownership of the town water system.