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2016


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 River Alliance of CT > Priority Topics > Water Infrastructure

2016

Lost Water in Middletown

On October 26, one million gallons of drinking water spilled in about one hour from a burst water main in Middletown off Silvermine Road near the Connecticut Juvenile Training Center and the Connecticut Valley Hospital. The 24-inch pipe conveys water from reserve tanks of the Roth Water Treatment Plant (processing water from the Roth Wellfield) for wide distribution as part of a wide distribution system. The pre-dawn water main break forced the cutoff of water for Middlesex Hospital, service area schools, residences, and businesses. The leak was plugged before the end of the day, but water quality was affected for several days. As of November 9, the only relatively authoritative explanation, offered by Middletown Mayor Daniel Drew, was that during a power outage the previous week, valves closed suddenly, putting pressure on a segment of the main, which cracked and eventually broke during a morning high-demand time. Numerous questions remain, including why the system did not have the resiliency to deal with a relatively minor power outage.

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