State Officials Switch Gears, Ask for Halt to Water Shutoffs

Aquarion, a subsidiary of Eversource that provides water to about 700,000 people in 57 cities and towns in Connecticut, began disconnecting customers with the largest unpaid bills in early February.  Aquarion’s plans to resume disconnections were approved by PURA, the state’s energy regulator, on Jan.12, without filed objections from any state agency or official.  That silence from state agencies broke on Thursday, when the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection filed a letter with PURA requesting a halt to additional water disconnections.  The letter was filed about 7 hours after CT Examiner asked department officials why the state had not


East Lyme Hires Consultant to Help Solve Drinking Water Issues


EAST LYME — The town’s department of public works has contracted Tighe & Bond, an engineering and environmental consulting company, to investigate issues with taste and odor in the East Lyme water supply. Brad Kargl, the town’s utility engineer, said that East Lyme has conducted a number of tests in an effort to get to the bottom of a musty odor evident in the water supply for the southern portion of the town. After receiving about 20 complaints about the odor about 8 months ago – enough to raise concern for Kargl – the town began testing its source water


Connecticut Water Proposes Substantial Rate Increase, Tiered Pricing

Connecticut Water is asking state regulators to allow a rate increase the company says would raise a typical residential water bill by $10.50 a month. The Connecticut Water Company said in a news release that if the increase is approved its revenues would increase nearly 20 percent – a total of $20.2 million. The “typical” residential customer who uses 3,780 gallons of water per month would pay $10.50 more each month. The company, serving nearly 350,000 customers across 60 Connecticut towns, said that the increase is needed to recover its costs for the more than $265 million the company has