The Day – Groton Utilities Announces Completion of Water Treatment Plant
Groton — Groton Utilities held a groundbreaking ceremony Friday for the water treatment plant project.
According to a press release, Eastern Connecticut Chamber of Commerce President Tony Sheridan introduced the first speaker, GU Director Ron Gaudet, who spoke about the value of the new facility to the community. local. Dr. Manisha Juthani, State Department Commissioner of Public Health, Lori Mathieu, DPH Environmental Health and Drinking Water Division Chief, Christopher Yannoni of Stantec Engineering, Jim McCarthy, CEO of RH White Construction, and Keith Hedrick, Mayor of Groton City, also spoke.
Groton Utilities water division employees joined in the festivities, with water operations manager Ray Valentini and water treatment plant project manager Mike Weber officially cutting the ribbon, according to the press release. Groton Utilities and city employees attended, along with representatives from the U.S. Navy, Pfizer, Fairview Odd Fellows Home and the Riverfront Children’s Center, among other local organizations and businesses.
Construction of the facility on Poquonnock Road, which began in late 2017, was completed in March 2022: “This $54 million project was the largest project funded by the state of Connecticut’s revolving fund program for Drinking Water (DWSRF) and the first project to receive state grant funds from DPH’s Public Water System Improvement Program,” according to a press release.
“The new main DAF (Dissolved Air Flotation) building is approximately 20,000 square feet and is where the main filtration functions take place,” the statement continued. “The new filtration plant can process 12 million gallons of water per day. Additionally, two new elevated water storage tanks were constructed, both of which can hold up to 1.1 million gallons of reserve water.
Groton Utilities provides water to approximately 45,000 people every day.