For the editor,
The article, “Block Island Water Company considers conservation measures” (February 4), stated in its first paragraph: “Block Island Water and Sewer Commissions have approved a new water allocation for Salt Pond Settlement despite the refusal of at least three requests for allowance. commercial water users last month. This gives the false impression that the water company ignored its own guidelines to approve a water allocation similar to those that were denied.
Although the article later clarifies that the approved allowance was for a fire suppression system, which is what it was for, we know that often people don’t read carefully, or even beyond the few paragraphs .
The allowance/fire suppression systems are a “rescue service”, are a matter of health and safety and protect the community to save both lives and property from a catastrophic event. The amount allocated to a fire suppression system is a ‘reserve figure’ only and is not used unless there is a fire and hopefully will never be needed.
As the water company enters into an important discussion about long-term needs and water conservation, it would be ill-advised to deny water allocation for fire suppression purposes, and we are not commenting. also not against the standard single-use household allowance. This only becomes an issue when the amounts requested exceed what is currently safely available to the public based on our current capacity, which is why we are in the process of expanding our capabilities in a vault,
and more importantly, in a timely manner for all who need it.
Separately, Block Island Water Company also stated that water-cooled compressors use large amounts of water for cooling, and we were discussing the idea of recommending against using or installing them. As for “ice machines”, the vast majority of these machines currently on Block Island are air-cooled.
Thanks for letting us clear things up and we look forward to more communication and reporting.
Block Island Water Company