News Feature

Originally published in Island Ad-Vantages, April 23, 2021
Stonington gets pledge of $990,000 for main water line
Work won’t begin until 2022

by Leslie Landrigan

Plenty of work needs to be done before ground is broken on a new water transmission line, Annalies Hafford, the Olver Associates engineer who runs the Stonington Water Company, told the select board on April 19. The project, funded in part by a $990,000 Community Development Block Grant, will replace the old pipeline that’s more than 100 years old.

“By the time the money is available, the survey is done and we do the geotechnical work, and have meetings with people, I just don’t see it happening this year,” Hafford said.

The town can’t do anything prior to an environmental review, according to an April 6 letter from the state’s Office of Community Development. The letter formally provides the funding for the project.

The select board voted to accept the grant of $990,000. “Amazing, well done,” said Selectman John Steed.