The proposed project includes installation of three non-potable ground water wells to supply water
for irrigation of three large lawn areas within the city. One well would water the city park (1.71
acres) and would improve fire protection at the fire hall and shop area by providing water for
storage. The second well would provide raw irrigation water for Trail Elementary School (8.42
acres). The third well would provide water for the Middle School complex (12.88 acres).
The City of Torrington is under an Administrative Order from EPA to treat drinking water to meet
nitrate standards. They currently have four reverse osmosis units operating to comply with the order.
Operation of these units is costly and creates problems with the concentrate (waste) handling. To
reduce costs and waste disposal problems, the city has initiated a raw water irrigation program.
During 2001, five large lawn areas within the city were connected to non-potable water wells for
irrigation. This work was funded through a capital facilities tax. The current proposed project
would remove three more large lawn areas from the drinking water system and help reduce the cost
of running the system. In addition, it would reduce the amount of wastewater concentrate generated.
Reducing the cost and wastes will allow the city time to further plan and develop its drinking water
system. The project has been estimated to cost $192,000. The City has requested a 50% grant and
will fund the remaining 50% with local funds.
RECOMMENDED LEGISLATIVE ACTION:
The WWDC recommends the project be incorporated in the Rehabilitation Program at Level III with
an appropriation of $96,000. The financing plan includes a 50% grant, ($96,000).