After 38 years working for the Bourne Water District, superintendent Andrew G. Campbell will be stepping down effective Friday, September 12.
Mr. Campbell said he started working for the Bourne Water District in 1976. His first job was as a crew member doing “whatever needed to be done to help out the chief operator.”
The Bourne Water District serves 6,470 properties and operates 105 miles of large mains, seven pumping and eight treatment stations, and two transfer stations, all with 10 employees.
Mr. Campbell was promoted to chief operator in 1982, a position he held until 2010, when he was again promoted, this time to his current post as superintendent. He noted that he was actually going to retire in 2010 but decided to stay on when the opportunity to be superintendent became available.
“I always wanted to run the operation, and I was given that opportunity by the board (of water commissioners),” he said.
Mr. Campbell added that he also wanted to see through to fruition the construction of a new pumping station. He explained that the Bourne Water District started exploring the possibility of adding another pumping station in 1994. In 2004, the water district began the permitting process, conducting all the necessary studies and obtaining all the permits for a site located on Joint Base Cape Cod. It took six years to get everything in place, and in 2010 the water district was ready to go, he said.
“Then, the Department of Fish and Game, which owns the land, said, ‘Oops, wait a minute, you can’t go ahead. You need an act of the legislature to use that land’,” he said.
He credited former Senate President Terese Murray and State Representative David T. Vieira with drafting the bill, which was essentially a lease, allowing the water district to use the land for 99 years. It took four years to get it passed and in April of this year, the water district went online with the new pumping station.
“The station is done, and now I’m done. I wanted to see it to full conclusion,” he said.
Mr. Campbell said that his retirement plans include indulging in his hobby of renovating wooden boats. Toward that end, he has made frequent trips to Maine, where he has taken boat reparation classes offered by WoodenBoat magazine. He said he has a number of boats awaiting his attention in his yard on Bell Road in Buzzards Bay. His plans also include a cross country trip with his wife, Robin Mcintyre, who is retiring from Cape Cod Early Intervention on the same day he is stepping down. The two will be taking a couple of months to drive to Alaska, he said.
Mr. Campbell said that after 38 years on the job he has many fond memories of his years with the Bourne Water District. He said he became attracted to working in the water industry because colleagues encouraged him to get involved and because it is an important job. The most important thing for him, though, was making sure that the customers’ water was of high quality.
“We always prided ourselves on having good-tasting water and always safe water to drink,” he said.