The Durham Meadows Waterline Project includes the installation of approximately 30,000 linear feet of water main and an 800,000 gallon water storage tank to bring clean water from Middletown, CT to 120 local homes and businesses in Durham, CT, including the Coginchaug High School, Strong Middle School and the Durham Fairgrounds. The new tank will provide gravity pressure for the water distribution system and storage for fire protection. The new water main will also allow the municipal water supply wells at the Fairgrounds to be closed. The water supply wells located on each property receiving a water line connection will either be abandoned or converted to a monitoring well. The figure on this page shows the areas where the water line, tank, and other structures will be constructed.
The United States Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) was hired by the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to award and manage the $26.6M contract to Ludlow Construction Inc. of Ludlow, MA, to execute the project, which is expected to be completed in 2021. Work will not occur on Route 17 beginning 5 days prior to the Durham Fair and extending until one day after the Durham Fair.
Prior to the mandatory winter shutdown on December 6, 2019, the contractor had installed 9,556 feet of water line and 12 new fire hydrants. The contractor remobilized March 30, 2020 and will begin water main installation near intersection with Middlefield Road (Route 147) while a second crew begins work at the tank site in Middletown as well as improvements to the shared access road leading to the tank site.
For more information on the Durham Meadows Superfund Site, please visit the EPA web page at www.epa.gov/superfund/durham
Page updated April 20, 2020