Manchester must find new water sources

December 21, 1992|By Katherine Richards | Katherine Richards,Staff Writer

New environmental regulations will require Manchester to find new sources of water to replace half the town's water supply by 1996, according to Steven Miller, Manchester's superintendent of water and waste water.

"We're going to lose our springs. There's no ifs, ands or buts about it," Mr. Miller said.

A memo he presented to the town's ad hoc committee on water and sewers Wednesday said the development of new water sources would be the most significant change facing the Manchester water department over the next five years.

Environmental regulations taking effect in 1994 will require towns to stop using springs where surface water runoff can seep in and replace them with wells or filtered water.

Mr. Miller said Manchester will have to develop wells to replace its three springs, which provide half of the town's water supply.

It is impossible to say how many new wells will be needed, Mr. Miller said, because wells produce different amounts of water. One may produce 100 gallons a minute, while another produces only 32 gallons a minute, he said.

Mr. Miller said money would have to be set aside in future budgets for developing new wells, which cost $30,000 to $35,000 each.

The town started collecting information in August on the need for wells, in case federal money becomes available.

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