The water distribution division currently operates approximately 309,000 feet of water mains, ranging in size from 1 to 20 inches. The pipes in the system are comprised of copper, galvanized iron, cast iron, ductile iron, asbestos cement, HDPE and PVC plastic. The pipes vary in ages from new to 119 years old. The distribution system includes approximately 800 valves, 650 hydrants and 3,600 service taps.
The system is maintained by 5 full-time employees, including the Water Distribution Foreman, who are responsible for a variety of tasks, such as 2 complete flushings per year of the system, checks for high usage, radio read conversions, new meter installations, hydrant repairs, new hydrant installations, turn ons, turn offs, setting of new taps, water line locates and repair of water main breaks. The distribution crew also assists in the seasonal clean-ups and snow removal.