Welcome to Fair Haven

Under the southwestern “hook” of Vermont, where the Taconic Mountains give way to the historic Champlain Valley, lies the picturesque town of Fair Haven…the Slate Center of the Nation…and Vermont’s Western Gateway…. Chartered and first settled in 1779, Fair Haven first prospered as a mill town, with numerous works developed on the falls of the Castleton River by Col. Matthew Lyon.  In the mid-1800’s, the first slate quarries were opened, marking the beginning of an industry that has continued to thrive until the present day. Twenty-first century Fair Haven is a charming village, featuring a large central green just north of the downtown business district, surrounded by some of the finest examples of Victorian architecture in the state.  The green is home to many events throughout the year, including Spring Fling, a summer concert series, and annual AppleFest.  The business district features many quaint shops and eateries, within walking distance of most of the community.  The townspeople are friendly…the schools and public services are first rate…and the opportunities here are limited only by one’s creativity and imagination. On your next visit to Vermont, stop by Fair Haven…and spend the day…or a lifetime…

    Due to the need for system maintenance/repair including but not limited WATER MAIN REPAIR there is a strong possibility that your drinking water supply may become contaminated on the way to the tap.  This situation presents a significant health risk to users of the FAIR HAVEN water system.  The FAIR HAVEN WATER DEPARTMENT is issuing a Boil Water Notice for all affected users, effective immediately.
  • What should I do?
    DO NOT DRINK THE WATER WITHOUT BOILING IT FIRST. Bring all water to a boil, let it boil for one minute, and let it cool before using, or use bottled water. Boiled or bottled water should be used for drinking, making ice, brushing teeth, washing dishes, and food preparation until further notice. Boiling kills bacteria and other organisms in the water.Coliforms are bacteria which are naturally present in the environment and are used as an indicator that other; potentially-harmful, bacteria may be present.  When a water system is experiencing fluctuations in water pressure the possibility exists for bacteria and other harmful organisms to enter the water distribution system and contaminate your drinking water supply.
    People with severely compromised immune systems, infants, and some elderly may be at increased risk. These people should seek advice about drinking water from their health care providers. General guidelines on ways to lessen the risk of infection by microbes are available from EPA’s Safe Drinking Water Hotline at 1 (800) 426-4791.What happened? What is being done?
    There was a 4 ft section of pipe that was broken during construction of the new water line. The water line was immediately repaired within 1 hour of the break. Water has been restored. The area affected included: North Main St from Allen Ave, Capital Hill, Dutton Ave, 4th St. from Stewarts to Caernarvon St. 
    This Boil Water Notice will remain in effect until the water system maintenance/repair is complete and the system is able to demonstrate that the quality and quantity of the drinking water meets State and Federal drinking water standards.

    We will inform you when the necessary system maintenance/repair has been completed and tests show no bacteria present in the drinking water supply.  We anticipate resolving the problem within 48 hours.

    For more information, please contact Tom Donovan at 802-265-3210. General guidelines on ways to lessen the risk of infection by microbes are available from the Drinking Water and Groundwater Protection Division at (802) 828-1535.

    Please share this information with all the other people who drink this water, especially those who may not have received this notice directly (for example, people in apartments, nursing homes, schools, and businesses). You can do this by posting this notice in a public place or distributing copies by hand or mail.

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  • Don’t forget, fourth quarter property taxes are due by close of business Wednesday, May 10th. We are open until 7:00 PM that day for your convenience.
    A penalty of 8% will be added on May 11th to all unpaid accounts. There is no grace period for the fourth quarter.
    If you have any questions, cal the Town Office at 265-3010, x1.
  • Water Line Project:  Construction related to the Town of Fair Haven’s waterline upgrade project begins tomorrow (Thursday, April 13, 2017). Placement of excavation equipment and, at least, test digging will occur in the area of Mechanic Street between Second Street and Fourth Street. Full construction activity will commence shortly thereafter, as early as April 14.
    Project construction is expected to last throughout the summer and fall until at least October 31. Water mains that are scheduled for replacement include: Mechanic Street, Pine Street, Fourth Street, Dutton Avenue, Route 4A (Capital Hill), Maple Street, Liberty Street, and Depot Street. Construction will include replacement of relevant appurtenances (e.g., fire hydrants and individual water services to the edge of the rights-of-way).
    The Belden Company, Inc. will be performing the work. Questions may be directed to the Town Manager’s Office (265-3010 x5) or to the DPW Superintendent (265-3010 x221). 
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    • 2017 Transfer Station Permits are now available in the Town Office at a cost of $10.00 per permit.  2016 permits will expire on December 31, 2016.  NEW TRANSFER STATION RATES IN EFFECT BEGINNING NOVEMBER 1, 2016!  Contact the Town Office with any questions.  Fee Schedule Effective November 1, 2016
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  • Many Vermont Veterans, or Veterans in the surrounding tri-state area, do not know that the Vermont Home for Veterans exists or of the programs and care that they provide for service men and women, their spouses and families. For more information, visit the sites below.


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