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For this feature story, I wanted to find a satisfied customer who could explain the benefits of choosing to contract with Rorrer Well Drilling. As it turned out, I only had to walk “Across the Way” to speak with the always-inspiring Linda Devito of AtWP:
Across-the-Way Productions, Inc. has its offices in Floyd and they create, design and execute one-of-a-kind LIVE events.
“…At AtWP we believe in the transformative potential of music and celebration and are dedicated to the art of the outdoor festival.”
Combining artistic instinct with detailed planning and dedicated customer service, Across-the-Way Productions promotes and produces FloydFest, Vintage Virginia, and the Virginia Wine Festival and manages the stunningly beautiful venue at milepost 170.5 off the Blue Ridge Parkway. Find the latest AtWP news at www.atwproductions.com
While speaking of Roger Pauley, field manager for Rorrer Well Drilling, Linda and I agreed that “he’s Floyd County” (there are some criteria for that distinction, although they may differ largely, depending upon whom you ask). In our Fall/Winter 2011-2012 issue, we recounted some of the history of his family’s water well drilling business, from 1875 ‘til the time he joined Eric Rorrer (President) and RWD in 2007.
Linda was quick to praise the work of Rorrer Well Drilling, related to a project that AtWP wanted to accomplish at the FloydFest venue. “They did a fantastic job,” Linda said, “they met with us, talked about what we needed, and provided a great service which was pretty much turnkey”. “The desire of Across-the-Way/FloydFest was to provide a clean and pure source for water and to decrease bottle consumption and waste. There were several benefits we could see in pursuing this…our purposes were in tandem, to have this wonderful addition to the site that advanced our green vision for sustainability and to provide free water to festival-goers.”
AtWP/FloydFest partnered with Klean Kanteen® to drill a well as an on-site source for water and as a feed for a water/refill station. Klean Kanteen created the first stainless steel bottle designed for personal hydration. The company helped to underwrite the cost of the well, and produced stainless steel “pints” for the beer garden and larger bottles for filling at the watering station. “This was one way, over the past 5 years, that we have been able to “take it to the next level””, Devito said, related to their progress toward greening FloydFest. I commented that the decision to employ RWD services and to provide the refill station must reinforce the good feelings that FloydFest attendees have toward the event and the organization.
Linda confirmed that people were loving the water and the sustainability. “FloydFest continues to grow – we enjoyed another sell-out year this year with FloydFest 11. It’s a very unique thing.” I made a leading statement about our local businesses getting it done for Floyd County after which she continued the thought, “Almost everybody we work with, trying to keep our $$ local, has been just great. It is really appreciated when they do the best they can for us and work with us so well”. After we named off a nearly endless list of such businesses from around the area, we agreed that endeavors like the water project and FloydFest, for over a decade now, just simply couldn’t happen without them. “We haven’t forgotten”, Linda said.
“It’s really wild, the way things are here” of the good spirit of Floyd, whether of businesses or of individuals. “People see and feel what is different and pleasing about this place. That’s what we’ve tried to do at FloydFest – to replicate what is in Floyd year-round at our site…the spirit and the cooperation. People love it. It’s a community for 4-1/2 days.”
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The Story of FloydFest’s Water
Steel Pints – The steel pints are used exclusively in the beer garden and have helped reduce the overall amount of trash produced at the festival by about 25% per person. With more than 15,000 attendees, that’s a big impact!
Roger Pauley, field manager for Rorrer Well Drilling fills up at the water station. “The water from this well is way above average.” “Iron in the water is a big issue with wells in Floyd County but this well doesn’t have that. The water is very clean tasting.” Festival-goers also love the fact that it comes out of the well ice cold.
Roger Pauley sits on top of the well that is the water source for the Klean Kanteen refill station.
Rorrer Well – With about 15,000 people at the festival, the refill stations are busy but the pumps were designed for high volume usage and the water pressure is always good. It takes just a few seconds to fill a 40oz Klean Kanteen, or other large container, so lines rarely ever occur.
Rorrer drilled the 700-foot well in March of 2011. The well is just over 6 inches in diameter and holds 1.4 gallons per foot. The water stops about 88 feet below ground level, which means the well holds about 857 gallons. As the level in the well goes down, the aquifers that feed it refill the well at a rate of 15 gallons per minute.
Water Testing – Some have concerns about nitrates in well water. They want their free water to be safe! Not to worry, the water in this well was tested extensively for biological and chemical contaminants including lead and E.Coli.
FloydFest and Sustainability
Floyd Fest Sustainability Coordinator Anne Bedarf (center) sifts through an incoming truck load of compost with her team. “The problem isn’t apathy,” she said. “People just need and want to know what to do. They’re so thankful and willing to help when you have a system set up for them.” She explained that when the festival first introduced Klean Kanteen Steel Pints last year, she wasn’t sure if festival goers would embrace the change. After the first day, they knew they’d made the right decision as they saw a huge reduction in trash and event goers loved the cups, to the point of buying so many as souvenirs that they sold out by the third day of the event.
Lauren Kate Hurlocker and her friend Dylan Wicker, both 12, are two member of the brand new Junior Green Team… [they spend] most of their time in the Children’s Universe helping sort waste into cans labeled Landfill, Compost and Recycling. “This is my fifth year at Floyd fest and I really wanted to help,” said Lauren. “I want to help so we don’t have as much trash, for a cleaner earth. It’s really important to save more and re-use more.”
Jason Crolley (29) and Megan Clontz (25) said they love their Steel Pints… “The cup is a great souvenir, “ said
Crolley, “and we definitely would not have brought any bottled water with us if we’d known about the refill station.”
Minouche Holcomb (32) from Asheville, NC works for a brewery and said, “The cup is a great idea. I love the fact that I’m not drinking out of plastic.” Shown here enjoying a show at the Virginia Folklife Workshop Porch stage with her husband, Matt is Minouche and their 5-year-old son Finn.
The Green Team has a total of seven staff members and 70 volunteers who do everything from help guide people on which bin to throw their waste into, to hauling, sorting and beginning the composting process. Last year 57% of all the waste generated at the festival was composted and the amount of trash produced went down by about 25% per person.