UConn water diversion plan receives approval

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STORRS – The Connecticut Department of Environmental Protection issued it’s proposed final decision which will allow water to be diverted to the University of Connecticut campus in Storrs.

The plan will allow UConn and the town of Mansfield to increase the amount of water available to cover the needs of the area. When finished, it will allow Connecticut Water to provide as much as 1.18 million gallons per day. Connecticut Water will build the pipeline fromĀ  Shenipset Lake Reservior in Tolland to Storrs and the University will build the connection point. The pipeline as proposed will run along Route 195 to campus.

The pipeline is needed, according to the school and the town, to meet the demands of current and future development in the area. The DEEP review determined the pipeline was necessary and would not have a significantly impact long-term water management strategy. The agreement will run for 25 years.

The next step will be when the state officially approves the decision.

The proposed final decision can be read here.