The area known for its pricey homes has long been without sufficient water flow for fire suppression, and the hydrants, although in place, are marked with tags warning mutual aid firefighters not to connect to them.
Ken Booth, operations manager for the Bristol County Water Authority, said the project is moving according to plan, slowed minimally by areas where construction crews encountered ground water and ledge.
“There was a little more rock than we thought,” he said. “The project is going well though.”
Upgraded pipe has already been installed from Asylum Road to Poppasquash Road near the entrance of Colt State Park. Crews are now into the wooded area along a walking path heading west.
“Once the pipe is installed, they’ll pressure test it and sanitize it to carry potable water,” Mr. Booth said. “Substantial completion should be done by the third week of July. The pipeline will be active and flowing.”
To service the residents of Poppasquash Road, BCWA will replace an iron pipe that was installed in 1906 by Samuel Colt with a welded plastic pipe that will tolerate the saline environment.
Over time, the iron pipe became clogged with sediment and corrosion, restricting water flow. In order to provide fire service, the Bristol Fire Department has relied on a tanker task force and mutual aid from neighboring departments to bring water by truck into the area.