East Lyme will test pressure once New London leak is fixed

East Lyme — Once the water leak in New London is completely under control, the town will continue its testing of the regional water interconnection project that will transfer water between the city and the town, said First Selectman and Water and Sewer Commission Chairman Paul Formica.

Over the next several days, the water department is planning to “slowly raise the pressure of the distribution main on Chesterfield Road (Route 161) and adjoining side streets north of Greentree Drive. The adjoining side streets include Rocco Drive, Westchester Road, Chapman Drive, Winthrop Road and a portion of Mostowy Road,” according to a notice on the town’s website.

The town said customers should not notice changes, since pressure-reducing valves are in place, but if they do, they should call the water department at (860) 739-6931 ext. 104 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Monday through Friday, or Emergency Dispatch at (860) 739-3419 after hours and on weekends.

In addition, flow testing may cause temporary discoloration of the water on Chesterfield Road and adjoining side streets south to Boston Post Road, the notice states.

Formica said New London officials called the town Thursday morning to inform them of the leak. The town held off on some of its testing Thursday in case it needed to supply water to New London. The leak was quickly contained, requiring no action from East Lyme.

Under the regional interconnection project, East Lyme will send water to New London from the fall to early spring and then draw it back during the high-demand summer months from the Lake Konomoc Water Treatment Plant.

The interconnection is expected to be fully operational within five to seven days after the testing period, Formica said.

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