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TO:       MEMBERS OF THE MAINE WATER WELL COMMISSION

 

FROM:     Edward Bowie, Chairman

 

date:     July 8, 2009

 

subject:  Meeting Tuesday, July 7, 2009

 

The next Commission meeting will be held on Tuesday August 4, 2009 at 9:00 A.M., at the Key Bank Plaza, 286 Water Street, Augusta, ME. 

 

 

AGENDA FOR THE AUGUST MEETING

 

1.  Approve the July 7, 2009 minutes

 

2.  Discuss pending matters, complaints,

responses, application, etc.

 

3.  New Business

 

4.  Public Comments


MAINE WATER WELL DRILLING COMMISSION

 

Minutes of July 7, 2009 Meeting

 

Members Present:

Ed Bowie, Chairman

Dwight Doughty, DOT

Don Robbins, Public Member

Thomas Weddle, MGS

David Braley, DWP

Ike Goodwin, Driller

 

 

 

 

 

 

Others Present:

Paul Gauvreau, AAG

Dean Getchell, Inspector

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Call to Order:

 

The Meeting was called to order at 9:05 AM.

 

Approval of June 2, 2009 meeting minutes:

 

Don Robbins motioned to accept the June 2009 minutes as amended. Dwight Doughty 2nd the motion.  Passed

 

Open seat on the Commission: 

 

     The Commission continues to seek to have the vacant seat filled by the Governor’s staff.

 

Update on Complaints:

 

Ellen Paoletti - Dunham Well Drilling:

 

Corrective action completed, Dean Getchell will inspect.

 

New Complaints:   

 

    

John Desjardins vs Woodsome Well Drilling:

 

Findings of Fact (motioned by Goodwin):

 

1)  Woodsome Well Drilling, Inc. failed to respond to the Commission’s written request for information concerning this complaint dated June 3, 2009.

2)  Woodsome Well Drilling, Inc. installed a Water Ace submersible ¾ H.P. 10 gpm pump set at a depth of 350 feet, which is significantly beyond the manufacturer’s depth setting specifications.

3)  Woodsome Well Drilling, Inc. failed to ground the submersible pump motor to the steel casing as required by the National Electric Code.

4)  Woodsome Well Drilling, Inc. installed the submersible pump using 151 feet of 14 gage wire, and 358 feet of 12 gage wire, which does not meet the design specifications of the manufacturer for a ¾ H.P. motor.

 

(2nd by Robbins, passed)

 

Given the above findings of fact, the Commission found the following (motion by Goodwin):

 

Violations:

 

1)  Dan Woodsome and Woodsome Well Drilling, Inc. violated 144A CMR 232 (The Maine Well Drillers and Pump Installers Rules) chapter 7, section 700.1 by failing to respond to a written request for information regarding this complaint by the Commission dated June, 3, 2009. (2nd Doughty, passed) No violations points are assigned for this violation (motion Goodwin, 2nd Doughty, passed).

2)  Dan Woodsome and Woodsome Well Drilling, Inc. violated 144A CMR 232 (The Maine Well Drillers and Pump Installers Rules) chapter 6, section 601.1 by installing a submersible pump significantly below the manufacturer’s specified maximum depth. 2nd Doughty, passed) No violation points are assigned for this violation (motion Goodwin, 2nd Doughty, passed).

3)  Dan Woodsome and Woodsome Well Drilling, Inc. violated 144A CMR 232 (The Maine Well Drillers and Pump Installers Rules) chapter 6, section 600.1 by failing to properly ground the submersible pump motor to the steel well casing. (2nd Weddle, passed) 3 violation points were assigned to Dan Woodsome and Woodsome Well Drilling, Inc. for this violation (motion Goodwin, 2nd Doughty, passed).

4)  Dan Woodsome and Woodsome Well Drilling, Inc. violated 144A CMR 232 (The Maine Well Drillers and Pump Installers Rules) chapter 6, section 600.1 by not following the manufacturer’s specifications regarding wire sizing. (2nd Weddle, passed) 3 violation points were assigned to Dan Woodsome and Woodsome Well Drilling, Inc. for this violation (motion Goodwin, 2nd Doughty, passed).

 

 

The Commission ordered the following corrective action to remedy these violations:

 

Corrective Action (motion, Goodwin):

 

1)  Dan Woodsome, and Woodsome Well Drilling, Inc. must within 60 days of the date of this notice install a properly sized pump for a 350 foot depth setting and insure all wiring complies with the National Electric Code and the pump manufacturer’s specifications including the proper grounding of the pump to the steel well casing. (2nd Weddle, passed) Written notice that all corrective action has been completed with 7 days of the completion date.

 

Total points for driller and company to be reviewed at August meeting.

 

Closed Complaints:

 

None

 

Specialty Well Applications:

 

None

 

Exams requested:

 

          None

 

Examinations Passed in June 2009:  

 

     None

 

New Business:

 

          None

 

Geo-Thermal:

 

      Draft rule changes have been forwarded to DEP for initial review by staff and members of the DEP Geothermal Workgroup.

 

Meeting Dates for 2009 

 

          January 6, 2009         July 7, 2009

          February 3, 2009        August 4, 2009

          March 3, 2009           September 1, 2009

          April 7, 2009           October 6, 2009

          May 5, 2009             November 3, 2009

          June 2, 2009            December 1, 2009

 

Subject to change.

                       

The next Well Drillers Meeting will be:  Tuesday August 4, 2009, at 9:00, Key Bank, 286 Water Street, Augusta ME.

 

 

Meeting Adjourned 11:15 P.M.