GUILFORD — Efforts to extend a public water main to residents in the town’s Mulberry Point section got a boost this week with the release of $700,000 in funding from the state Bond Commission.
The project will bring public water to 145 homes along Mulberry Point as well as Tuttles Point and Long Cove. Members of the town’s legislative delegation previously secured $450,000 in bond money for the work in 2018.
Work on the new main started in May 2019 and essentially is complete, according to members of the town’s state legislative delegation. All that remains is road repaving, which is underway, according to the town’s website, which has been providing updates on the project.
The price tag for the water main extension project was about $6.5 million, after initially being estimated at $3.4 million. To keep the project moving forward, residents approved a $3.1 million special appropriation in December 2018.
Ultimately the cost of the project is being covered by a combination of grants, contributions from the Connecticut Water Co., and residents whose homes are being served by the new main extension.
Residents of those three areas have experienced water problems for decades. While the homes were served by wells, homeowners faced a variety of problems.
One of the largest issues was salt infiltration from the seawater that surrounds the neighborhoods on three sides. Contamination from septic systems also contributed to the problem, as did limited freshwater storage among shallow wells.
State Sen. Christine Cohen, D-Guilford, said the state’s investments in the project will “provide a better quality of life for these residents, and it will protect and improve their home values, all at a cost of pennies on the dollar to local taxpayers.”