Clean Water in Greenridge Before February

Whisconier Water Line construction on scheduled to finish Jan. 23.

Representatives from Aquarion and United Water companies have confirmed projections to have clean water flowing to residents of the Greenridge subdivision before the end of the month. Much of the construction has been completed on the Whisconier Line and the project is on schedule to wrap up by January 23.

Aquarion, which was by the Public Utilities Regulatory Authority (PURA) in October, buried the main line along Route 25 from the intersection with Silvermine Road south to the Greenridge system and constructed on a pump house on 3 Silvermine Road, an by the neighboring .

Aquarion has “completed all of the work we were supposed to do,” company spokesman Bruce Silverstone said. “Now, we’re just waiting on United Water to finish up their work… We’ll hook up with them and then we may need a day to pressure test.”

Deb Rizzi, of United Water, said the interconnection between the new Whisconier Line and the existing Greenridge infrastructure is largely finished, with some work left to be done on the meter pit before they commence testing.

Rizzi confirmed Monday that testing should be completed in the coming weeks.

“Barring construction delays, barring weather problems… public water will flow to the Greenridge community on or around January 23,” First Selectman Bill Davidson said.

Connecting to Greenridge is the main purpose of the Whisconier Line, however the new water line is “good news for everybody up and down Route 25,” according to Davidson.

After work was in May 2010, , with the idea of servicing, not only Greenridge, but other residents living along the southern portion of Route 25, an . After in May 2011, Davidson for supporting that plan.

Residents along Route 25 will have the opportunity to connect to the line if they chose, however adjacent properties that do not connect will not be assessed, as with the and lines.

Because the Whisconier Line is a private line and not municipal, the construction costs will not be recouped through , but rather through residents’ water bills, with rates to be set by PURA. 

Steven DeVaux January 10, 2012 at 10:22 AM
"Residents along Route 25 will have the opportunity to connect to the line if they chose, however adjacent properties that do not connect will not be assessed, as with the Silvermine and Southern lines." Because the town doesn't own the line, it can't force the historic district folks to connect.
Ray DiStephan January 10, 2012 at 01:11 PM
Excellent news! Great work and that was very fast. Looking forward to turning on the faucet and having clean water. The right choice was made here.
Raymond E. Sullivan, MD January 10, 2012 at 02:20 PM
I would encourage ALL residents who have access to the new line to consider hooking up. The issue of uranium and radionuclides in drinking water is not just confined to Greenridge. A number of samples from wells along the West side of Whisconier Road have shown excessive levels of uranium. This is particularly important if children reside in those homes and condos. Drinking the naturally occurring uranium in the bedrock of this area has long term effects (perhaps over 45 years) on the kidneys and other organs. R.E.Sullivn, MD, Director of Health
Ray DiStephan January 10, 2012 at 06:04 PM
a possibility that would not have been present under the United plan.
Bob McGarrah January 10, 2012 at 08:48 PM
OK ----- this is GREAT -----Water by February 1st.
Steven DeVaux January 11, 2012 at 01:16 AM
That should do wonders for the real estate values in Brookfield! Ain't America Great or what? The town health official had placed an unofficial warning on drinking the water in Brookfield. No bank or mortgage company in to country will be lending money without a water and air radon test and heaven help if it comes back above background levels.
Raymond E. Sullivan, MD January 12, 2012 at 02:34 PM
This is in response to comments regarding recent health department warnings concerning the quality of drinking water IN SOME AREAS of Brookfield. It is no secret - and has been WIDELY publicised - that drinking water wells in some parts of Brookfield have high levels of radionuclides such as uranium in the water supply. The Greenridge project was instituted for that very reason as were other water remediation projects in town. there is no reason for residents to be overly concerned as many parts of the U.S. have the very same problem in their drinking water. Realtors are well aware of the issue and in some cases have indeed recommended water testing upon home transfer. The issue has NOT diminished property values in Brookfield one iota; nor has it prevented home sales in the area. Rather, we can blame the failing economy in this country for decreasing property values. The Department of health must be pro-active and prevention is the hallmark of sound public health practice. In the interests of a healthy community, we encourage all residents serviced by wells to test their water quality periodically. If excess radionuclide levels are indeed found, remedies are available which are both simple and economical - but most importantly, would be positive steps to promoting sound health. Respectfully, Raymond E. Sullivan, M. D.


More »
Got a question? Something on your mind? Talk to your community, directly.
Note Article
Just a short thought to get the word out quickly about anything in your neighborhood.
Share something with your neighbors.What's on your mind?What's on your mind?Make an announcement, speak your mind, or sell somethingPost something