A leak prompted Greenbank Farm officials to turn off a water main Monday that supplied local businesses, basically forcing most to shut down for the day.
Greenbank Farm officials said the leak was located behind the barn that houses several art galleries and the offices for the Whidbey Camano Land Trust. Officials estimated around 10 gallons a minute was flowing Friday out of the leak located under the back parking lot, said Judy Feldman, manager of the Greenbank Farm. She said a repair crew wasn’t able to start work until Monday morning.
“We’re just really sensitive to the potable water system and the leak was getting quite intense,” Feldman said. Businesses stayed open through the weekend.
The water was flowing to the surface through a seam in the parking lot. Workers had to pull up part of the asphalt and then dig down to reach the water main.
She notified businesses operating at the farm that the water would be turned off Monday so repairs could be made. The work was finished later Monday afternoon.
“There just wasn’t another choice,” Feldman said of the decision to shut off the water.
Greenbank Cheese and Artworks gallery remained open Monday, while the other galleries, Whidbey Pies Cafe and the Greenbank Farm wine shop closed.
She said the leak came from a joint in the PVC pipe, which was likely installed in 2004 when the newest building at the farm was constructed.
The Greenbank Farm is supplied by a well that is located in the woods located at a higher elevation north of the agricultural fields.
While work was completed to repair the water leak, Feldman said she is concerned about what appears to be another leak yards away from the last one. It, too, was seeping through a seam in the parking lot asphalt.
She didn’t know yet how much the repair will cost. Because the repairs concerned the infrastructure at the Greenbank Farm, the Port of Coupeville will likely have to pay the costs.