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Project to connect Manchester homes to city water nearing completion

New Hampshire Union Leader

December 11. 2016 9:54PM

MANCHESTER — A project connecting 26 homes in the southern section of Manchester to city water after their private wells were found to have been contaminated by the chemical perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) is proceeding quickly, with all 26 homes on track to be hooked up by early January, weather permitting.

In an update presented to city aldermen last week, Water Works Director Phil Crosdale reports the $1.2 million dollar project is nearing completion.

Work began Oct. 11 to bring city water to the 26 homes, after a deal was brokered by Manchester Mayor Ted Gatsas between the city, Manchester Water Works, the state Department of Environmental Services, and Saint-Gobain Performance Plastics, the Merrimack factory where the PFOA contamination in area wells is thought to have originated. Saint-Gobain will reimburse Manchester Water Works for all costs associated with connecting the homes.

The project involves running about 1,900 feet of water main to affected homes on Brown Avenue, Pine Avenue and Goebel Street. The project also involves laying water supply lines from the water main into the 26 affected homes, which Saint-Gobain will pay for.

The 26 homes are located within a half-mile radius of Saint-Gobain, and have qualified for bottled water since July.

Croasdale reports Water Works has completed installation of about 1,940 feet of water main along Brown Avenue, Charlotte Street and Goebel Street. Temporary pavement has been put down for the winter months, until permanent paving is completed next spring.

The estimated $1.2 million cost of the work is broken down as follows: $735K for water main installation work, $74,900 for engineering work, $260K for service installation, and another $130K for decomissioning wells.

Ted Bantis Excavating out of Auburn is handling the service installations from the property line to the homes. Croasdale reports to date Bantis has installed 12 water services to homes, four of which are currently receiving water from Manchester Water Works. The remaining six homes are either awaiting plumbing inspection or appointments to install water meters.

Croasdale said the Manchester homeowners will be able to keep their well intact if it is connected to well-only spigots connected outside the home. Otherwise, the well will be decommissioned, unless the homeowner states in writing they want to keep it. In that case, it will be left intact but hooked up directly to an outside irrigation source, bypassing the home.

Croasdale reports that 21 of the 26 homeowners agreed to have their wells decommissioned.

Environment Local and County Government Manchester

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