Plymouth Reservoir Property Tours Sept. 18 and 26

Sep 15th, 2010 | By | Category: Top Story, Water

Connecticut Water property being offered for open space

Plymouth Reservoir © Ginger Lee Grant, g.l.o photography

CLINTON, Sept. 13, 2010 – Connecticut Water is offering the Town of Plymouth the opportunity to purchase 177 acres of company-owned land known as Plymouth Reservoir. Located on North Street, the property features a pristine 39-acre reservoir that has not been used as a public drinking water supply since 1986.

Before Plymouth residents vote in a referendum on November 2 to approve the bonding package that will include funding for the purchase of the Plymouth Reservoir, Connecticut Water and the town are hosting an “Open House” on two consecutive weekends in September to enable residents to visit the Plymouth Reservoir. The first open house is Saturday, September 18, at 10 a.m. until noon, and the second tour is on Sunday, September 26, from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. The public is invited to visit the property either day.

“We are eager to work with state and local officials to see that the land can be preserved as open space for current and future generations,” said Maureen P. Westbrook, Connecticut Water’s Vice President of Customer and Regulatory Affairs. “We encourage the residents to visit the property and see what an opportunity the town has to protect this property for open space.”

Acquisition of the parcel for open space/recreation by the Town will permanently protect the property from development and guarantee permanent public access for non-motorized boating, swimming, fishing and hiking.

The town has applied for an open space grant from the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) to help offset the cost of the property which is valued at $1.6 million. The DEP Open Space and Watershed Land Acquisition Grant Program provides financial assistance to municipalities and nonprofit land conservation organizations to acquire land for open space.

Connecticut Water was the first water company to utilize the tax credit which allows for a credit for a donation or discount sale of lands for open space when it was adopted in 2000. Since 2000, the water company has permanently protected approximately 850 acres of land for open space purposes through discount sales to various municipalities in the state.

Connecticut Water Company serves nearly 300,000 people in 55 towns in Connecticut. The towns served include: Ashford, Avon, Beacon Falls, Bethany, Bolton, Brooklyn, Burlington, Canton, Chester, Clinton, Colchester, Columbia, Coventry, Deep River, East Granby, East Haddam, East Hampton, East Windsor, Ellington, Enfield, Essex, Farmington, Griswold, Guilford, Hebron, Killingly, Killingworth, Lebanon, Madison, Manchester, Mansfield, Marlborough, Middlebury, Naugatuck, Old Lyme, Old Saybrook, Plainfield, Plymouth, Portland, Prospect, Somers, South Windsor, Stafford, Stonington, Suffield, Thomaston, Thompson, Tolland, Vernon, Voluntown, Waterbury, Westbrook, Willington, Windsor Locks and Woodstock.

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