After Excavating Roads 15 Times in 4 Years for Aging Pipes, Ledyard Warns of the Inevitable

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GALES FERRY – Since 2017, roads in the Christy Hill neighborhood have been excavated 15 times to repair aging water pipes that town officials say are too expensive to replace. Ahead of Ledyard’s $650,000 re-paving of the subdivision, Public Works Director Steve Masalin sent the usual notice to the neighbors – but with the caveat that the new pavement could soon be dug up again to repair the pipes. Masalin said that the pipes have been repaired 6 times since 2020, and 3 times this year.  According to Masalin, the breaks have been particularly frequent along Ledgewood Drive. “The whole

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Durham Nears End of a Three-Decade-Old Effort to Address Water Pollution

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DURHAM — A decades-long effort to bring clean water to local residents with wells contaminated by two former metal box manufacturers on Main Street is expected to be completed this fall, bringing a life-changing and long-needed supply of clean water to the area, and leaving the town to manage an expanded water company. The $24 million project ran nearly six miles of water main pipes to connect about 120 homes and businesses in the Durham Meadows Superfund site to the Middletown water supply – more than doubling the customer base of Durham’s small municipal-owned water company of about 80 customers,

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State Regulators Approved Tiered Pricing, Small Rate Increase for Connecticut Water

State regulators approved tiered pricing and a small rate increase for customers of Connecticut Water on Wednesday. The water utility has acquired 60 smaller water systems in the last 25 years and now serves nearly 350,000 customers across 60 Connecticut towns.  The average residential Connecticut Water customer will pay about $40 more each year, after state regulators partially approved a rate increase requested by the company. The decision represents a middle ground between a stark 20 percent increase the company requested, and a draft decision from the Public Utility Regulatory Authority that would have allowed for an increase of less

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Connecticut Water Calls Rate Decision Harshest in Recent Memory

A request by Connecticut Water to raise rates on its residential customers by about $10.50 a month was significantly cut down by regulators to an increase of about 50 cents a month, and the company would also implement a first-of-its-kind discount for low-income customers. The Public Utilities Regulatory Authority last week issued a draft decision mostly rejecting the rate hike request from Connecticut Water, which is asking to increase rates by 20 percent to bring in an additional $20.2 million in annual revenue. The authority’s decision would allow an increase of less than 1 percent, adding about $762,000 in revenue. 

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Lebanon Homeowners Face Big Bills for Small Water System

A small neighborhood in the town of Lebanon has been operating its own water system since the 41 houses were built in 1965. But now faced with the rising cost of meeting state regulations and with maintaining an aging infrastructure, the two remaining board members of the Carefree Homeowners Association are asking state regulators to mandate that Aquarion take over the system. The outcome of the case could in part determine how the state manages all 497 community water systems across Connecticut, including Carefree, serving 2.7 million customers. They range in size from a well system in Andover serving 16

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Neighboring Towns Hope Federal Dollars Can Ease High Cost of Water Needs

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East Hampton may be best known for Lake Pocotopaug, a nearly square mile freshwater attraction, but that water does little to help town residents struggle to draw water from their wells every summer.  Town Manager David Cox said East Hampton has been trying for decades to figure out a way to expand its water service to bring water to these residents and to provide clean water to others faced with expensive treatment systems to manage pollutants including magnesium and PFAS. Nearby Portland has struggles of its own. Some of the pipes in the town’s 41-mile water system are over a

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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

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East Lyme Hires Consultant to Help Solve Drinking Water Issues

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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

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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

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