SWANSEA - The Board of Water Commissioners heard from Superintendent Robert Marquis and Assistant Superintendent Jeffrey Sutherland regarding the runoff from the FedEx site in Seekonk.
The site borders Swansea and according to the Water District officials, runoff from the parking area has the potential to cause problems at the desalination intake in the Palmer River.
Supt. Marquis noted that there were concerns that the stormwater management in the Palmer River watershed could pose problems because desalination is not tolerant of petroleum products.
They noted that the FedEx proposed protocol includes, if there was a spill the Swansea Water District would be informed and could shut down the desalination system until the threat passes.
It was pointed out that there had been an incident where a vehicle ran off the road and into the Palmer River north of the desal intake, some time ago.
Assistant Supt. Sutherland noted that there were a lot of impervious areas in the large parking area and that "conditions were not the greatest."
The officials noted that the Seekonk Conservation Commission and Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection are reviewing the stormwater plans which the FedEx engineers believe will be sufficient to handle the run-off.
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