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 reverse osmosis treatment units. 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.
This project is being designed and should be completed in 2003.
RECOMMENDED LEGISLATIVE ACTION:
No legislative action is required.