I’ve been going over the Startup Field log that WP used to support their contention that the Town was overloading the RIB at up to 2 million gallons per day. The thing is barely legible, and I don’t quite understand the figures that WP highlights on each page to support their claims. It’s supposed to be a gallons pumped figure, and throughout March, seems to be the incremental reading from the flow meter that matches the towns reported flows.
The same figure in the April entries starts to be way more than the flow meter readings indicate. There is a notation elsewhere that an additional new meter was installed at the end of March, and if the numbers were slightly off, that might be the cause, but I took a look at the pump hours that are also logged.
The pump hours do not support the gallons claimed by WP. They are more in line with the gallons reported by the town.
This should be troubling for WP in that they ought to know how to read the field log and understand the relationship between the flow meters and pump hours. They designed them. As near as I can tell, the system would have to pump at significantly more than 1,000 gallons per minute to achieve the flows that they claim.
Flow rates of millions of gallons per day, for several weeks as WP claims, would require much more effluent than the town would generate in that period. So if there are records of the levels of the Effluent Storage Pond, the claim could be easily tested. Ten or fifteen million extra gallons would have significantly lowered the level of the ESP. I asked for those records under Right to Know on March 8, and none were provided. So the town is either illegally withholding them, or they don’t have them. I go with the former. In any event, a complete audit of the data that is available should go a long way toward resolving that point.