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River Alliance of CT > Priority Topics > Water Infrastructure, Public Water Supply 

Water Infrastructure, Public Water Supply

2018

San Jose Water Acquiring Connecticut Water Company 
Next Hearings: September 27, 28, October 1
 

Connecticut Water Supply:  The Big Picture (Aug 30)

Headlines and excerpts about water companies being bought and sold (Aug 27)

Water Supply in Western CT Conference (May 18)

Eversource and Connecticut Water Company (Jun 1)

2017

2016


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River Alliance of CT > Priority Topics > Water Infrastructure, Public Supply  >

Aug 27, 2018

Connecticut Water Supply:  The Big Picture
 

How many water suppliers of what kind would be best for Connecticut?

There appears to be NO law or regulation that limits the ability of any private (or public) company or person from buying every water utility in the state. The state Water Plan has not addressed this issue.  Acquisitions are happening.

Legislation of some sort will be needed to rationalize our water supply system consistent with the public trust in water. 

The comprehensive CT State Water Plan that was presented to the legislature this year (and not acted upon) will again be before legislators in 2019. Again, the key controversy is likely to be references to the 1971 state law designating water as a public trust resource.

Meanwhile, events have illuminated a problem in water policy not addressed in the Plan. At the end of 2017, Eversource bought Aquarion Water. In 2018, Eversource has attempted to acquire another large water supplier, Connecticut Water. If it were to succeed, Eversource would control approximately 50 percent of the state’s potable water supply. Connecticut Water resisted Eversource’s courtship. It announced an intention to merge with San Jose Water (SJW) of California; this has now become an acquisition by SJW, a deal that was complicated by the fact that another water company, California Water, was trying to buy SJW

Our belief is that state water planning should project a vision of the best configuration of water supply for Connecticut residents, based on the foundational principle that water is a public trust resource. 

At this time, Connecticut has three kinds of large water companies: public (municipal), quasi-public authorities (regional), and private. There are hundreds of very small municipal and private companies (such as a homeowner-owned water supply for a subdivision). At our Conference on Public Water Supply in Western Connecticut back in May of this year, people from water companies, conservation organizations, and public agencies provided great presentations explaining the complexities of our water supply systems. The slides and videos of their presentations are available on our website

Bluntly, the present supply configuration is complex and freewheeling. Most experts believe there should be changes of some sort. But there is not agreement on what kinds of change and who has the authority to make changes. From an environmental perspective, Eversource is a problematic owner of water supply because it has an interest in industrial cooling water and hydropower, and has not been a good steward lately of its open space. 

Obviously many stakeholders have concerns relating to other out-of-state corporations buying Connecticut utilities.  There are frequent assertions that for-profit water companies should be eliminated, but (nuance alert), in Connecticut, private companies such as Aquarion and Connecticut Water have relatively good performance records  — they are regulated. On the other hand, some of the publicly owned utilities have less satisfactory performance records. Both public and private companies have expressed hostility to explicitly integrating the public trust principle into water planning.  

Once again, the BIG questions:

How many water suppliers of what kind would be best for Connecticut? What do our laws say? 

There appears to be NO law or regulation that limits the ability of any private (or public) company or person from buying every water utility in the state. The state Water Plan has not addressed this issue.   Acquisitions are happening (see below).

Legislation of some sort will be needed to rationalize our water supply system consistent with the public trust in water. 

See below for submitting of public comments on Docket Number 18-07-10: Application of SJW Group and Connecticut Water Service, Inc. for Approval of Change of Control)

Related Links



Docket Number 18-07-10: Application of SJW Group and Connecticut Water Service, Inc. for Approval of Change of Control)


More headlines on water company acquisitions
 



List of the private, investor-owned water utilities regulated by the CT Public Utilities Regulatory Authority (PURA) (last updated on May 29, 2015) on PURA's website

CT Department of Public Health's webpage explaining its classifications of water systems, including links to spreadsheets listing 512 "Community Systems"525 "Non-Transient Non-Community Systems", and 1427 "Transient Non-Community Systems"

Here are some headlines and excerpts about
water companies being bought and sold

 

Top Stocks for 2018 and 2019 -- and the Next Few Decades

"Select water utilities make solid investments because they supply a product and service that are guaranteed to be in demand forever. Their revenue streams tend to be dependable because their core businesses are regulated monopolies. Among water utilities in the U.S., American Water's industry-leading size and geographic diversity provide it with an advantage in acquiring small utilities in what's a very fragmented industry." 

FoxBusiness Aug 29, 2018

Epcor USA Enters Agreement To Acquire Rio Verde Utilities

WaterWorld.com Aug 27, 2018

The bad water bill is now law. So now what?

"...customers ... should not be forced to finance 100 percent of the companies’ purchase of a community’s water system. ... companies plan to grow through acquisition, the roughly 80 percent of municipal systems that remain public could all be targeted as potential profit centers."

Illinois Citizens Utility Board Aug 23, 2018


American Water Works Management Talks Acquisitions...

Motley Fool Aug 22, 2018


Amid Calls for Federal Probe, NY American Water Ratepayers Urge Public Takeover

" 'New York State must be a leader in the war against private water…We must stop this cancer before it’s too late.' Thus far efforts to do so have been stalled by lack of state funding to pay for feasibility studies examining the cost and options for public water." 

NewsDay.com Aug 20, 2018


CalWater ends SJW pursuit, clearing way for Connecticut Water deal

NASDAQ Aug 17, 2018


Should Rivers Have Rights? A Growing Movement Says It’s About Time

"... other countries where a small but growing number of courts and legislatures have begun bestowing legal rights upon rivers. Three countries — New Zealand, Colombia, and India — have all taken such steps over the past two years, though the practical ramifications of these declarations remain unclear ... we have come to this point because the traditional Western view of rivers — and of nature generally — has failed us. Western legal systems and governments traditionally viewed water and water rights as property, leading to overuse and contamination. ... corporations are granted the same rights as people while the living ecosystems upon which we depend for survival are not. "

YaleEnvironment360 Aug 14, 2018


Baltimore City Council Votes to Ban Water Privatization

FoodandWaterWatch.org Aug 6, 2018

 
"...it would be better for the citizens of Hingham (MA) to own our water company ourselves."

Hingham.WickedLocal.com Jul 30, 2018


Water-Utility Bids Raise Concerns About Control of CT's Water Resources

Hartford Business.com May 7, 2018

Invest in Water Before It's Too Late: Stocks in Focus.

Zacks Equity Research Sep 29, 2017

Climate Change Spurs Growing Investment In Water Stocks

Forbes Apr 5, 2016

Current Water Company Acquisition Proceedings in CT

CT Department of Public Health 2016


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Sep 12, 2018

San Jose Water Acquiring Connecticut Water Company
Tentative Hearing Dates: September 27, 28, October 1

(PURA's formal document publication system can be viewed at: Docket Number 18-07-10: Application of SJW Group and Connecticut Water Service, Inc. for Approval of Change of Control.)

In the past year, there has been rising interest in issues of ownership of water resources. The acquisition of Aquarion by Eversource raised questions related to the extension of private ownership of public waters and what sort of entity is an appropriate owner of a water supplier. The proposed acquisition of CT Water Company by San Jose Water obviously raises similar questions and more. Incidentally, Eversource has also been a player in this game, having recently made an effort to acquire CT Water Company to go along with its control of Aquarion.
 
It is probably wise for the public to raise its voice early. (There were almost no public comments on the Eversource-Aquarion takeover). Our main concern is that there is no clear vision of where the state intends to go with water supply policy (see The Big Picture on this page). What kind of system do we want? See below for how to submit comment. 

PURA's formal document publication system can be viewed at: Docket Number 18-07-10: Application of SJW Group and Connecticut Water Service, Inc. for Approval of Change of Control. And here is the press release from CT Water Company.

There were hearings on this acquisition on August 15 and September 5 that were more for procedural matters than substantive issues. A hearing Sep 11 was for Eversource. The public hearings at which there should be more detailed testimony relating to the public benefit of an acquisition will be after the Authority issues and receives responses to the interrogatories and data requests. We have found that those responses to interrogatories are often rich with data about the the companies involved, summarizing information not readily available to the public elsewhere. For example, there is a listing in the Docket titled "Interrogs from <Posted In Error> EN to CT Water Service, Inc.;SJW Group 1 thru 20-Issued 08/16/2018 [18-07-10]"  that lists 28 questions to the companies such as:

EN-5 (ENFORCEMENT)  Provide a summary of all formal and informal enforcement actions (e.g., orders, consent orders, civil penalties and violation letters) issued to The Connecticut Water companies by the DPH and the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) in the past five years.  Provide a summary of the status of Connecticut Water companies compliance with such actions, including an explanation as to how Connecticut Water companies or SJW will resolve any outstanding items."

We do not know if the "<Posted In Error>" means they don't have to be answered, or just that it was put in the wrong place. 

Always check the External Schedule (ES) of any Docket for changes in hearing dates (which are usually when comments from the public are due). The webpage for the External Schedule for this Docket is here, but always open the link at the bottom of the page to see the "official" PDF-version of the schedule. That official schedule dated Sep 11 is here.

How to Comment:

PURA and CT DEEP staff assure us that the electronic system CAN be used, but also that the public can also simply send comments by email to PURA.ExecutiveSecretary@ct.gov. The advantage of the electronic system is that your comments show up in the docket faster. 

If you choose to send an email, be sure the docket number is in the subject line and in the body of the email. If you attach your comments as a file, it's not a bad idea to summarize them in the body of the email too. It is also useful to put your name, affiliations, town of residence in both the body of the email and in your comments. We also suggest that if you create a PDF of your comments, please make it searchable. You can check this by trying to highlight some words, then copy, then paste them somewhere else. If you cannot copy words from your pdf comment, your content may not get picked up by search engines. 

Here is PURA's statement about submitting comments (from  a document different from the ones about the hearings):

"...PURA encourages electronic submission of all filings through the Web Filing Account Management System at http://www.ct.gov/pura/.  Persons filing electronically or wishing to be listed as a contact must create an account through the Authority’s website under Docket Services (Make a Web Filing). 

Once registered, you may proceed to the Docket Database Web Filing System to log on and submit your filing.  The date and time of filing shall be the date and time the Authority first receives a complete electronic version ... and the required number of paper copies.  Unless otherwise specified, filings are due by 4:00 p.m. on or before any required date.  If a complete electronic version of the filing is submitted through the Authority's Web Filing System, only one paper version of the filing is generally required. " 

Last year we wrote a detailed, step-by-step set of instructions for a different docket that some people said was very helpful; others said was more confusing. If you want to try that set of instructions modified for this docket, click here

For document filing assistance, please contact the PURA Executive Secretary
at 860-827-1553 or PURA.ExecutiveSecretary@ct.gov.

Or contact Rivers Alliance at rivers@riversalliance.org or 860-361-9349 for help submitting comments or for us to submit them for you. 


River Alliance of CT > Priority Topics > Water Infrastructure, Public Supply  >

June 1, 2018

Eversource and Connecticut Water Company

To the Editor:  The article by Stephen  Singer on Eversource and CT Water is important (“With New Solicitation Offer By Connecticut Water, Eversource May Interrupt Merger,” May 31, 2018).  As an advocate for protection of the state natural water resources, I was shocked by the little publicized and little examined acquisition of Aquarion by Eversource last year.   People in the western part of the state are just beginning to wake up the fact that there is now a single, privately owned utility controlling both their power and water.  Who decided this was a good idea?  Eversource has obvious conflicts of interest as water steward.  It sells and works with power plants that need cooling water; it benefits from hydro dams; and its reputation as a land steward has crashed in recent years, for example, witness the aggressive cutting and paving associated with the their transmission rights of way all across the state.  Is this the corporation we want owning thousands of acres of reservoir lands?   Now Eversource wants to extend its control of water and watershed land with the acquisition of Connecticut Water Company.  Eversource cries poor in its rate cases, but it seems to have plenty of money to buy up water companies.  The recent dramatic changes in control of water need serious attention.  Stay on the story, Courant.

Margaret Miner, 
Executive Director, 
Rivers Alliance of Connecticut

Some links to more information:

Connecticut Water Company and SJW Group merger application is PURA Docket 18-05-03 (click here). Additional hearings are scheduled for Jun 18, 19 and 20).

Eversource has a separate website to promote it's bid for Connecticut Water Company. 


2017


River Alliance of CT > Priority Topics > Water Infrastructure >

Dec 22, 2017

Nestle Water

Nestle has been warned by the California Water Board that it appears to be taking millions of gallons of water illegally out of the San Bernardino National Forest. Last year, it took 32 million gallons when, evidently, it only had a legal right to take about 8.5.million gallons. This has been going on for years. In a bone-dry state, Nestle is draining a national forest so that it can boast that its Arrowhead brand is natural spring water. Good, potable water does not have to be natural spring water. How can Nestle have a "right" to destroy vegetation , wildlife, and potential public water supply in an American national forest? What is the public benefit? Water law in the USA is a mess. Let's start fixing it.

See also a report from Bloomberg Business Week


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Oct. 27, 2017

Eversource - Aquarion Merger Approved by PURA

The Connecticut Public Utilities Regulatory Authority (PURA) has approved the acquisition of Aquarion water company by Eversource. To read PURA's final decision, click here. For background, see the article below


River Alliance of CT > Priority Topics > Water Infrastructure

Oct 13, 2017

Water Utility Secrecy Still Extreme

Public Still Denied Right to Know How Much Water Is Held Where

Public Act 17-211, AAC Access to Water Planning Information, appeared to restore to the public most of their traditional rights to access information about their water utilities’ use of public water.  In 2003, water utilities and the Department of Public Health pushed through draconian security laws.  In these years, following the attacks of September 11, 2001, security was sweeping but little analyzed for effectiveness.  Reservoirs were blurred out on state maps (but not Google Earth), locations of water mains were secret until pipe ruptures and mini-floods made the locations all too obvious; the size and depth of reservoirs were blacked out in utility documents but still available in fishing guides, and so forth.  As the law was interpreted from 2003 to 2017, no member of the public could be privy to a utility’s available water or margins of safety for its various sources. 

Public Act 17-211, the product of two years’ negotiation, was supposed to restore common sense to security provisions.  Under this new law, lots of material can still be kept secret but the basic data essential to water planning and management was assumed to be freed up.  Apparently not.  As of this writing, the Department of Public Health (DPH) is continuing to withhold vital data in the water supply plan of the Metropolitan District Commission (the Hartford-region water utility).  Valerie Rossetti of Save Our Water (based in Bloomfield), who years ago requested to see this plan, reports that maps have been removed along with all descriptions of safe-yield calculations and other relevant information.  At the Water Planning Council’s meeting on October 5, DPH member Lori Mathieu announced that she had received legal advice that all redactions approved in the past by the Freedom of Information Commission under the old law were still in effect.  Most of these requests under the old law were filed by Rivers Alliance and the results were heavily redacted, largely useless documents.        

The advocates for transparency in utility operations accepted a number of painful compromises in the 2017 law in exchange for pledges of reasonable access to information needed for understanding the operations of one’s utility.  The viability and credibility of the Draft State Water Plan hinges on such access.  Rivers Alliance will continue to pursue this cause.

Link to example of redacted document in Rivers Alliance's bill testimony. 

Link to CT General Assembly webpage documenting legislative action on Public Act 17-211


River Alliance of CT > Priority Topics > Water Infrastructure

Sep 22, 2017

Eversource - Aquarion Merger Now Under Consideration at PURA 

Public comments were closed Sep 22. Rivers Alliance requested more time for public information and input.

Eversource energy company announced on June 3 that it is buying Aquarion water company from Macquarie Bank of Australia for $1.675 billion. Eversource (formerly named Northeast Utilities) supplies power regionally, including to most of Connecticut. Aquarion (formerly Kelda, formerly Bridgeport Hydraulic) is the largest private water company in the region and dominates supply in western Connecticut. Residents in that area will now be served by a single private utility for power and water. Some of Eversource's recent practices have not been friendly to the environment, including the extensive clear-cutting it is doing in its transmission rights of way. Approval of the merger is in the hands of utility regulators.  Click here for a map of Aquarion's existing and claimed service areas in Connecticut.

All docket documents can be found here, including comments from Rivers Alliance

If you would like to stay involved, our email is rivers@riversalliance.org  tel. is 860-361-9349. 

Excerpts from a message sent by Rivers Alliance to members:

Is this good for the waters of Connecticut?  Is it good for customers?  This is a unique utility structure in Connecticut.  There has been virtually no public discussion. Below are some things to consider.

The power provider Eversource is buying the water utility Aquarion for $1.7 billion from Macquarie Bank of Australia.   Aquarion possesses or has claimed exclusive service areas throughout the state but primarily in western Connecticut, from Bridgeport up to Morris, Goshen, and beyond.  Residents who now get their electricity via Eversource and their water from Aquarion will be served by a very large, single, privately owned utility.  This is a new utility structure for Connecticut. 
 
It is difficult to say whether the proposed acquisition is good or bad because it has been essentially undebated.  A docket on the acquisition has been open at PURA for many weeks.  But few state officials or citizens have been aware of the issue or process. Utilities have asked that significant filings of information be withheld from the public.   Major questions have been left unanswered. For example:

Is it our state policy to encourage large combined utilities?  Does it matter if they are public or private?  Should the regulatory structure for water and power be made the same?  In a merger of two different types of utilities, how will corporate goals be determined?  In areas where the interests of power and water providers intersect and sometimes conflict, who will be the decider?   Such areas include: water supply for cooling power plants; power or fuel lines over or in state-protected drinking water lands (these protections have been under attack in recent years); hydropower impoundments that limit wellfield potential downstream; and more.  
 
Under a recently revived state law, any new venture requiring public water (e.g., a restaurant, school, senior center, subdivision) must first be reviewed and approved by a regional Water Utility Coordinating Committee (WUCC). In the western Connecticut WUCC, Aquarion is the dominant member.  So, will there be one-stop shopping for new ventures?  Or a less coordinated system?  What’s best?  … 
 
We are  worried by the dearth of analysis, information, and education available to the public on this consequential utility acquisition.  We urge that citizens and officials be given more time to consider the salient questions, especially those involving different supply interests (water supply and electricity supply) under a single corporate owner.  Is laissez-faire the right approach?  Should it be laissez-fair forever?  Should there ever be an opportunity for reconsideration? Rivers Alliance wants to see state waters strongly protected. 

Most of the substantive material in the docket were in the form of answers from the companies to "Interrogatories", which are sets of questions from PURA, DEEP's Bureau of Energy and Technology Policy, and the Office Of Consumer Counsel.

When asked to describe how the merger will promote conservation, energy efficiency and sustainability, Eversource replied "The Eversource energy efficiency programs have been effective and have achieved success in all of these areas, including water efficiency and conservation, renewable energy, sustainability, environmental stewardship and climate change" and "Eversource will work closely with Aquarion to assess current energy efficiency measures in place at Aquarion and identify other potential opportunities."

Question: "How will Eversource utilize its knowledge and experience to bring conservation and efficiency to infrastructure upgrades?" Extract from their answer: "...the Company has deployed numerous strategies including financial incentives to reduce demands, seeking load-shedding strategies amongst large users, rebate programs, among other measures." "With the advent of water conservation legislation in 2013, barriers to conservation in the water sector have been eliminated and Aquarion will look to leverage Eversource’s experiences in energy conservation to put forth similarly effective programs for its water utility." 

Question: "Describe how the acquisition will benefit Aquarion in critical response activities, such as preparing for and responding to catastrophic storms or droughts".  Extract from their answer: "The level of preparedness and event-management capability that can be added to Aquarion’s own resources and expertise is substantial and will represent an important benefit of the transaction.  Aquarion will be positioned to leverage the resources and expertise that Eversource has in dealing with larger-scale emergencies to maintain and enhance Aquarion’s own critical-response activities."

Here are links to some other interesting docket items: 

Time Schedule for Docket No. 17-06-30 and the Close of Hearing announcement, do not actually refer to a closing date for public comments. Thank you PURA staff for clarifying it was Friday Sep 22. Only one public comment was listed in the docket as of Sep 19, two hours before the usual 4:00pm deadline there were 4 more.

Aquarion Water Company of CT Systems Served lists 70 systems, their water production and consumption for the past two years lists 68 systems.

We will let you know if PURA extends the comment period.


River Alliance of CT > Priority Topics > Water Infrastructure

Sep 19, 2017

From a Sep 19 email to our members:
Eversource power is buying Aquarion water company.

Is this good for the waters of Connecticut?  Is it good for customers?  This is an unique utility structure in Connecticut.  There has been virtually no public discussion.
 
There is a docket open at PURA (Public Utility Regulatory Authority) number 17-06-30.  The deadline for comment is this Friday, September 22, 2017.  Few citizens or elected officials have commented so far. 
 
Below are some things to consider. It’s long.  Sorry.  Below that, are our instructions on how to file a comment. PURA's instructions are here.  Please use at will and/or contact us with questions or help.  We will hand deliver comments if need be. 

Our email is rivers@riversalliance.org  tel. is 860-361-9349. PURA, also, has offered to be helpful.  Best contact is Tyra.Peluso@ct.gov
 

Considerations:

The power provider Eversource is buying the water utility Aquarion for $1.7 billion from Macquarie Bank of Australia.   Aquarion possesses or has claimed exclusive service areas throughout the state but primarily in western Connecticut, from Bridgeport up to Morris, Goshen, and beyond.  Residents who now get their electricity via Eversource and their water from Aquarion will be served by a very large, single, privately owned utility.  This is a new utility structure for Connecticut. 
 
It is difficult to say whether the proposed acquisition is good or bad because it has been essentially undebated.  A docket on the acquisition has been open at PURA for many weeks.  But few state officials or citizens have been aware of the issue or process. Utilities have asked that significant filings of information be withheld from the public.   Major questions have been left unanswered. For example:

Is it our state policy to encourage large combined utilities?  Does it matter if they are public or private?  Should the regulatory structure for water and power be made the same?  In a merger of two different types of utilities, how will corporate goals be determined?  In areas where the interests of power and water providers intersect and sometimes conflict, who will be the decider?   Such areas include: water supply for cooling power plants; power or fuel lines over or in state-protected drinking water lands (these protections have been under attack in recent years); hydropower impoundments that limit wellfield potential downstream; and more.  
 
Under a recently revived state law, any new venture requiring public water (e.g., a restaurant, school, senior center, subdivision) must first be reviewed and approved by a regional Water Utility Coordinating Committee (WUCC). In the western Connecticut WUCC, Aquarion is the dominant member.  So, will there be one-stop shopping for new ventures?  Or a less coordinated system?  What’s best?  … 
 
We are  worried by the dearth of analysis, information, and education available to the public on this consequential utility acquisition.  We urge that citizens and officials be given more time to consider the salient questions, especially those involving different supply interests (water supply and electricity supply) under a single corporate owner.  Is laissez-faire the right approach?  Should it be laissez-fair forever?  Should there ever be an opportunity for reconsideration? Rivers Alliance wants to see state waters strongly protected. 

How to Comment at PURA on docket number 17-06-30.

You have to register on their website, and comments have to be have to be in a Word or PDF document that you have prepared ahead of time. If you have used their system before, you can skip to step 2.

  1. Here is a link to the Web Filing main page that describes how to register with PURA.  If you go there, choose the link you will see under "Step 2" to create a new account. You will get an email to complete the registration process.
     
  2. Once you are registered with PURA, you can log in here
     
  3. After registering and logging in, try this link to go directly to the form to fill in to submit correspondence regarding this docket, skipping a couple steps described below. This link may not work on all web browsers though. If it does work, skip to our Submission Page Instructions (step 5) below.
     
  4. If the link above (step 3) does not work for you, go to the general docket submission webpage.  On that page, you have to fill in the docket number 17-06-30 and make sure the title “JOINT APPLICATION OF EVERSOURCE ENERGY AND MACQUARIE UTILITIES INC. FOR APPROVAL OF A CHANGE OF CONTROL” shows up automatically in the title field. Then choose “Correspondence” from the “Choose Type of Filing” drop-down list. An alert box should pop up that asks “Would you like to create a new Correspondence for Docket 17-06-30?” Click “OK.”  If that box does not show up, you may have disable your pop-up blocker for that website, then try again.
     
  5. Submission Page Instructions: On the submission page, your identification information should be pre-filled in. On this page, be sure to put a brief summary of your comments in the text box labeled “Description” because it may help future searches. At the bottom of the page is an upload button to submit your pre-written MS Word or PDF document. 
     
  6. Did it work? Check the list of documents on the PURA docket website. This list is arranged alphabetically, so your "Correspondence" should be near the beginning of the list. Comments typically show up later in the day they were posted, but if you submitted it late in an afternoon, they may not be able to process it until the next business day. 

Need help? Feel free to contact Rivers Alliance: rivers@riversalliance.org, 860-361-9349. PURA, also, has offered to be helpful.  Best contact is Tyra.Peluso@ct.gov


2016

River Alliance of CT > Priority Topics > Water Infrastructure

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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