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The Valley Breeze Cumberland Lincoln 09-05-2019

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4 CUMBERLAND SEPTEMBER 5-11, 2019 | VALLEY BREEZE | CUMBERLAND LINCOLN EDITION CUMBERLAND – Water prob- lems that had residents of Arnold Mills and Abbott Run concerned about the condition of their drink- ing supply were caused by the Cumberland Water Department's attempts to address exception- ally high demand, said Supt. Chris Champi. Champi told The Valley Breeze Tuesday that the department pretty much had all issues addressed by last Wednesday, Aug. 28, after water discoloration issues began prior to the previous weekend. He empha- sized that these issues were in limited areas. According to Champi, heavy demand on the water supply two weeks ago caused tank levels to drop dramatically, "not to a bad spot, but lower than normal." When the Water Department began refilling the tanks on Friday, Aug. 23, water began moving with greater velocity through the pipes, "scouring" the sediment and breaking it free. Officials had to pinpoint the sec- tion that was causing problems, he said, and determined that it was in the Sneech Pond Road area near North Cumberland Middle School. That conclusion was drawn because there is a new water line in Diamond Hill Road and there weren't many calls coming from Nate Whipple Highway, where the water plant was sending out clean water, said Champi. Workers were able to address the trouble spot by flushing on Sneech Pond Road near the corner of Nate Whipple, a process that took some time. Unlike with regular flushing, where crews go from one end of the town to the other and can turn off valves as they go, keeping water flowing in the same direction, they couldn't just open up the hydrants and blast out water, said Champi. They had to move enough water through "flushing passively" in impacted areas without "riling it up in other directions." That flushing couldn't happen at full velocity. The goal, said Champi, was to remove enough dislodged sediment without dislodging additional sedi- ment from areas not impacted by the issue. "It's a tough section to do that in," he said, noting that this was near a main trunkline by the water treat- ment plan going in three directions: south on Diamond Hill, north on Diamond Hill, and east on Nate Whipple. Many of the residents who com- plained about dirty water last week noted that this has been a recurring problem in Cumberland for years. Town officials maintain that discolor- ation does not equal unhealthy drink- ing water. Asked for an update on odors detected through testing last summer, Champi said there have been a few complaints this year but nothing like last. No one has requested testing, he said. "Water temperatures haven't gotten as high," he said, saying Sneech Pond has been at around 72 degrees, negat- ing the organics that caused taste and odor issues last year. The taste of the water should not be an issue as tem- peratures drop, he said. Source of town's water problems blamed on high demand By ETHAN SHOREY Valley Breeze Managing Editor Trash bin fix still in the works CUMBERLAND – Road condi- tions on Diamond Hill Road took much of the attention over the past week, said Mayor Jeff Mutter, but the Department of Public Works is still working on a solu- tion to address designed holes in the town's new trash bins that are allowing flies in and maggots to fester. As Mutter currently views the situation, he expects the town will set up a sign-up or call sys- tem where residents can request installation of a seal as a fix and the town will go out to individual homes to do the work as needed. Cumberland police arrest Pawtucket bank robbery suspect PAWTUCKET – Police on Tuesday announced the arrest of a suspect they said robbed a bank on Smithfield Avenue last Saturday, Aug. 31. At around 9:40 a.m., the Citizens Bank at 539 Smithfield Ave. in Pawtucket was robbed and an undis- closed amount of money was taken. On Sunday, Sept. 1, with the help of tips from the public, Christopher Oladapo, 28, of Cumberland, was identified as the suspect. He was arrested early Sunday morning by Cumberland police on two outstanding arrest warrants unre- lated to the bank rob- bery. He was trans- ported to Pawtucket where he was chaged with second-degree robbery. He was arraigned Tuesday morning in Sixth District Court. Pawtucket Detectives Paul Trout and Craig Letourneau were investi- gating the case. OLADAPO NPHS Class of 1969 will reunite Oct. 4 NORTH PROVIDENCE – The 50-year reunion for the North Providence High School Class of 1969 will be held on Friday, Oct. 4, at Camp Meehan at Notte Park at 7 p.m. Tickets are $69 per person. For questions or information on the event, email . 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