FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
January 15, 2019
MEDIA ADVISORY: NEW BRITAIN WATER DEPARTMENT TO HOLD WATER SUMMIT
Panel to provide update on water, discussions on past and future
WHAT: Mayor Erin Stewart; Public Works Director Mark Moriarty; Ray Esponda, Deputy DirectorPublic Works-Utilities Division; and others will hold a discussion panel on Jan. 28, 2019 todiscuss the New Britain Water Department.
WHEN: Monday, January 28, 2019 – 8:30 a.m.
WHERE: New Britain Water Department – 50 Caretaker Rd., New Britain, Conn.
WHO: Mayor Erin Stewart, Public Works Director Mark Moriarty, Deputy Director Public Works-Utilities Division Ray Esponda, Superintendent Water-Sewer Chris Polkowski, Alderman Don Naples
BACKGROUND:The water summit, titled “A Conversation About the New Britain Water Department,” will feature a PowerPointpresentation and a variety of speakers providing an update on several topics related to the department’soperations: conservation and sustainability efforts, water quality and supply, infrastructure, assetmanagement, and more.
“The New Britain Water Department is one of the City’s greatest and most precious assets,” said Mayor ErinStewart. “Clean, accessible drinking water has been a topic of much discussion over the past few years for goodreason. The New Britain Water Department is over 150 years old and it is important to assess our currentoperations and plan for the future, just as our visionary forefathers did.”
The New Britain Water Department was founded in 1857, at a time when the City’s population was 4,500. Atthe start, the department had one reservoir to supply its needs to residents and industry. By 1868, with watersupply needs growing, the department experienced its first water shortage and embarked on an expansioninitiative. Today, the New Britain Water Department has watershed property amounting to more than 6,000acres across New Britain, Berlin, Southington, Plainville, Bristol, and Burlington. The department’s waterfiltration center, which underwent a $55 million new construction from 2000 to 2004, is headquartered nearthe one-billion gallon capacity Shuttle Meadow Reservoir.
If you plan to attend, please register with the Department of Public Works at 860-826-3350 or firstname.lastname@example.org; seating is limited.
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