BCWA sued by Anawan Club


The Anawan Club has reportedly filed a lawsuit against the Bristol County Water Authority alleging the agency has failed to perform maintenance work and repairs at and around the Anawan Dam as required in an agreement with the club.

Anawan Club President David Drowne and Vice-President Jack Hutson addressed the suit at a meeting of the Barrington, Warren and Bristol Town Councils Wednesday night. Mr. Drowne said the complaint was filed on Tuesday, Dec. 18 in Taunton Superior Court.

Mr. Hutson said the suit seeks $300,000 to cover the cost of work that the BCWA has allegedly failed to perform at the site.

Mr. Drowne said some of the work, as spelled out by engineers hired by the BCWA to comply with Massachusetts Office of Dam Safety regulations, dates back as far as 1995. The suit also alleges $27,000 of Federal Emergency Management Funds given to the BCWA to repair the dam after historic floods in March 2010 never resulted in work.

The BCWA has reportedly had an agreement with the Anawan Club since 1912. The most recent agreement was reportedly reached in 1986.

Mr. Drowne said the BCWA was informed of the potential suit one month ago but its response was not sufficient to avert the club from filing suit.


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