Originally published in
Island Ad-Vantages, September 26, 2013
$1.2 million improvement project
Stonington Water Company public hearing to be held to help qualify for federal dollars
It’s well known that the Stonington Water Company is in need of repairs. Many meetings have been held in town that highlight the need for improved and updated infrastructure.
On Monday, September 30, at 7 p.m., a public hearing will be held at the Stonington Town Hall to allow interested parties to learn and ask questions about a potential public works project to improve the town’s water system.
Annaleis Hafford of Olver Associates said the potential improvements include work done to the wells, particularly to improve telemetry—communication about and between the wells—as well as work to update some water lines, rework the bypass system for the emergency fire system, update hydrants and improve the treatment plant.
Hafford said a detailed presentation on the work, estimated to cost $1.2 million, will be offered at the September 30 meeting.
The public hearing is a part of the process to apply for the United States Department of Agriculture Rural Development grant program, which could cover up to 45 percent of the project, said Hafford. While those monies are not guaranteed, Hafford said the town has a good shot at help with financing the project.