Press Release

Protecting Public Water Systems Workshop

Striking a Balance organizers announce the 25th forum in the development-related workshop series at the VFW Hall at 419 Main Street (Washington Junction Road) in Ellsworth from 5:00 p.m. until 8:30 p.m. on Thursday, February 28, 2013 (storm date: March 7, 2013). The topic will be protecting public water systems. “There is a common misconception that the term public water system applies only to those systems serving built-up areas in larger towns,” said Tom Martin, executive director of the Hancock County Planning Commission. In fact, a public water system is one that serves 25 or more people for 60 or more days per year. There are about 200 public water systems in Hancock County. These include systems serving schools, restaurants, and hotels as well as residential systems. The workshop will discuss the various types of systems and the municipal role in protecting these systems.

Participants must register by February 25, 2013. Registration at the door is not possible. A registration fee of $18.00 will include a light meal and materials. Doors open at 5:00 p.m. for registration and the meal. The program will begin at promptly 6:00 p.m.

Striking a Balance was developed to address issues related to personal property rights and land development in Hancock County. Partners in this effort include the Hancock County Planning Commission, Down East Resource Conservation and Development Council, Union River Watershed Coalition, Gouldsboro Planning Board, the Maine Coastal Program, and the USDA Rural Utilities Service. To register, or for more information, please contact Sheri Walsh, HCPC Administrative Assistant/Planning Technician, at 667-7131 or