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Aquarion Water Company of Connecticut, Application No 202004971


Diversion of Water
Application No. 202004971

Towns:  Bridgeport, Wilton, New Canaan, Darien, Stamford, Fairfield, Easton, Weston, Redding, Greenwich, Westport, Norwalk 
Waters: Hemlock Reservoir System, groundwater, Saugatuck River below Saugatuck Dam, Aspetuck River below Aspetuck Dam, and Cricker Brook below Hemlocks Dam  

The Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (“DEEP”) has made a tentative determination to approve an application submitted by The Aquarion Water Company of Connecticut (the "applicant") under section 22a-368 of the Connecticut General Statutes (CGS) for a permit to divert the waters of the state.

The proposed activity includes the modification of Water Diversion Permit #DIV-97-13 to increase the authorized maximum daily transfer from the applicant’s Greater Bridgeport System to their Southwest Fairfield County Region from 7.26 million gallons per day (MGD) to 14.2 MGD and will be further limited by an annual daily average of 12.56 MGD. 

Pursuant to section 22a-371, DEEP will hold a hearing to receive public comments on this application on Tuesday, May 4, 2021 at 3:00 PM by Zoom.  Register here for the May 4 hearing. The hearing will be continued, to receive testimony and evidence from parties on Thursday, May 6, 2021 at 9:00 AM by Zoom. Register here for the May 6 hearing.  Written comments can be submitted to the DEEP Office of Adjudications via e-mail ( or mail (Office of Adjudications, DEEP Headquarters, 79 Elm Street, 3rd Floor, Hartford, 06106) by the close of business on May 15, 2021.  Members of the public should check the DEEP Calendar of Events on the DEEP website at for any alterations to this hearing schedule, including additional hearing dates or cancellations. 

The Department will hold a site visit on Thursday, April 22, 2021 commencing at 10:00 AM starting at the Hemlocks Reservoir dam located at 4970 Black Rock Turnpike, Fairfield (on the east side of the road across from Aquarion’s Hemlocks Water Treatment Plant).  The site visit will continue by car.  Transportation will not be provided.  Due to COVID restrictions face masks will be required and social distancing will be practiced at all times.  To facilitate logistics, all participants are asked to limit attendance to the extent practical. The site visit is a public meeting but is not for the purpose of collecting evidence.  Pre-notification of attendance for the site visit is requested by emailing

Interested persons may obtain digital copies of the application from Peter Galant, Vice President, Tighe & Bond, 1000 Bridgeport Avenue, Shelton, CT 06484 (203-712-1104).  Questions regarding this matter may be directed to Doug Hoskins of DEEP’s Water Planning and Management Division at / 860-424-4192. 

Jennifer L. Perry
Water Planning and Management Division
Bureau of Water Protection and Land Reuse


Published in the Connecticut Post, Greenwich Times, The News-Times, and The Advocate on March 31, 2021.



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