Letter to the Editor
Editor’s note: The following is a rebuttal to a Letter to the Editor published by HTNP News on Aug. 8, 2013 by Atty. Halloran, counsel for the Metropolitan District Commission, “UConn water plan is short-sighted.”
Connecticut Water Company is pleased it was chosen by the University of Connecticut Board of Trustees, following an Environmental Impact Evaluation (EIE), to bring additional water supply to the university and the Town of Mansfield to serve the community’s long-term water needs.
The comprehensive EIE process undertaken by the town and university clearly demonstrates that the Connecticut Water proposal is the most economically sound, financially responsible option, with the least environmental impact.
As important, the option is deemed to be the most consistent with Connecticut’s state Plan of Conservation and Development.
The parties are now engaged in preparing the necessary agreements and plans to implement this important public-private partnership.
Connecticut Water will continue to serve our customers and easily provide for the projected water supply needs of the university and the Mansfield area.
These needs, estimated to peak at 2.2 million gallons of water per day (mgd) over the next 50 years, will come from our Shenipsit Lake Reservoir, which has a capacity of 5 billion gallons of water, a registered diversion of 15 mgd and an approved safe yield of 10 mgd. These water supply reserves far exceed the company’s average daily reservoir withdrawal of 4 mgd.