Feb 102014

The Groton Water Department received notification that it would receive a $53,400 share of more than $1.1 million in state grants from the Patrick administration last week. The state program helps 16 communities with water conservation, demand management, and other water withdrawal mitigation projects; the Groton proposal, submitted by Water Department superintendent Thomas Orcutt, will pay most of the cost of developing a demand management plan to manage the town’s water wells and facilities.

“Preserving the Commonwealth’s natural resources yields both environmental and economic benefits,” State Energy and Environmental Affairs Secretary Rick Sullivan said. “These grants will help conserve our water resources, restore important water habitats and improve Massachusetts’ water supply.”

Funding was awarded to projects that will increase in-stream flow, improve the handling of wastewater and stormwater, upgrade ecosystem habitat, manage water demand and improve the water supply.

“Despite the general abundance of water resources in Massachusetts, we must still employ effective water conservation measures to ensure that the fragile supply and the ecosystems it supports will thrive over the long term,” said Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) Commissioner Kenneth Kimmell. “These projects will help to remove dams, increase waterway flow, recharge aquifers by keeping local water within its own watershed, and reduce the daily demand for water.”

The grants awarded were:

  • Acton: Water audit evaluation — $82,187
  • Ashland: Wastewater analysis — $67,455
  • Auburn: Optimization of stormwater infiltration — $48,520
  • Canton: Demand management planning — $37,338
  • Foxboro: Water audits to reduce unaccounted for water — $30,000
  • Franklin: Regional evaluation of water management alternatives to reduce streamflow impacts in the Upper Charles River Watershed — $119,460
  • Groton: Water supply management and demand management plans — $53,400
  • Hanover: Recharge analysis and site construction — $58,959
  • Holden: Sectional flow monitoring program — $36,944
  • Hudson: SWIM feasibility analysis — $87,320
  • Kingston: Water supply optimization — $75,000
  • Kingston: Jones River stream gage — $12,800
  • Littleton: Maximizing sustainable water management by minimizing the cost of meeting human and ecological water needs — $95,822
  • Medway: Water audits — $35,420
  • Scituate: First Herring Brook and Reservoir Dam fish passage — $54,500
  • Sharon: Regional water conservation pilot project (in Canton, Foxboro, Sharon, Stoughton and the Dedham-Westwood water district) – $90,770
  • Worcester: Patch Pond Dam removal feasibility study — $119,040