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Wed November 22, 2017 - Northeast Edition #24
Connecticut Water Company (Connecticut Water), along with state and local leaders, celebrated the recent completion of the company's new Rockville Water Treatment Facility on Nov. 8. The new facility was constructed at a cost of more than $30 million and is part of a public drinking water system that serves 85,000 people in 10 north central Connecticut communities.
“This new Rockville Facility will provide a reliable supply of safe drinking water for families, communities and for public fire protection for decades to come. We are proud of our employees and our construction partners that were able to construct this facility on time and on budget, and we value the great cooperation we had from the Connecticut Department of Public Health Drinking Water Supplies Section in reviewing and approving plans,” said David C. Benoit, Connecticut Water president and CEO. “The construction of this facility is consistent with our strategy of delivering value and growth through investments in our systems.”
“This type of infrastructure investment needs to be recognized and celebrated, as water safety and quality are essential to the people of this state,” said Gov. Dannel P. Malloy. “A private utility company willingly making an investment of more than $30 million to improve the water for 85,000 customers and the environment aligns with our draft comprehensive state water plan by preserving and ensuring the safety and quality of our natural resources. These investments result in both short-term and long-term dividends, and Connecticut Water Company should be applauded for doing what is right.”
The newly upgraded facility replaces a treatment facility that first went into service in 1970. The new facility enhances treatment, increases capacity, provides greater energy and operating efficiencies, improves reliability, and drives significant environmental benefits compared with the former plant.
In addition to providing customer and environmental benefits, construction of the new facility boosted the state's economy. About a dozen Connecticut manufacturers and service providers supplied materials or services for the construction of the new facility.