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CT Water Begins Water Main Projects on Route 1 in Clinton

Connecticut Water will begin work on water main projects along two sections of Route 1 in Clinton on Monday, April 21.

Credit: Patch file photo
Credit: Patch file photo

Connecticut Water today announced that work will begin this month on water main projects along two sections of Route 1 in Clinton.  

The projects will improve system reliability, enhance water quality, and increase the flow water available for fire protection.

On April 21, a cleaning and lining project will begin on Route 1 (West Main Street) between Commerce and Grove streets. 

The work will be done between 8 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. Monday through Friday and is scheduled to be completed by the end of May. 

Cleaning and lining improves the water main and reduces leakage without replacing it by using a mechanical device to scrape the inside of the main and apply a new cement lining. Because the water main does not need to be replaced there will be minimal impact on traffic.

On April 28, a water main replacement project will begin on Route 1 (East Main Street) between the Indian River Bridge near Town Hall and Liberty Street. 

The Company is coordinating the work with the Connecticut Department of Transportation to minimize the impact on traffic, and most of the work will be done during evenings and early morning from 6 p.m. to 8 a.m. between Sunday and Thursday. 

The project completion is targeted for the of June, which is dependent on weather and other factors beyond the Company’s control.

Connecticut Water will maintain water service to customers during both projects. 

Customers in the construction areas may experience brief interruptions in water service as the work is performed. Connecticut Water will make every effort to notify any affected customers in advance of any service disruption. 

All customers along the route of the project will receive a letter from Connecticut Water explaining the projects.

According to Craig J. Patla, Connecticut Water’s vice president - service delivery, the work is being done through Water Infrastructure and Conservation Adjustment (WICA) program. 

Mr. Patla stated, “Each year Connecticut Water invests about $15 million in replacing aging water mains, like the nearly 100 year old water mains in Clinton. 

Through WICA, customers pay a small surcharge on their bills which is used to systematically invest in replacing pipeline and conservation related projects as authorized by the Public Utilities Regulatory Authority.”

Since the inception of the WICA program in 2007, Connecticut Water has invested $57.2 million and replaced nearly 62 miles of water main with an average age of 73 years. The Company owns 1,600 miles of water main across the state.

B&L Construction from Old Saybrook, Connecticut, has been selected as the contractor for both the East and West Main Street, Clinton projects.

Updates on this and other construction projects will be available on Connecticut Water’s Web site, www.ctwater.com , and will be posted to the company’s Facebook page (www.facebook.com/ctwtr) and Twitter feed (www.twitter.com/CTWater).

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