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Blueprint waterline extension to proceed in Southington

WARREN — An extension of the Blueprint to Prosperity waterline in Southington is set to break ground June 13 after Trumbull County commissioners gave the project a final OK on Wednesday.

The roughly half-mile, $207,225 waterline will tie in Allen Way Farm, 410 Helsey Fusselman Road, a poultry farm that uses between 1.5 million and 1.8 million gallons of water per year to provide for some 154,000 chickens.

The project will be paid for with American Rescue Plan Act funding, according to county Sanitary Engineer Gary Newbrough. The farm now uses well water, which is high in salt and bad for the birds.

Newbrough said James Allen of Allen Way Farm approached the county after the construction of the $15 million Blueprint to Prosperity Waterline Initiative Project that has delivered water to residents in Braceville, Southington, Farmington and West Farmington since it was completed in 2019.

“And when I found out how much water (Allen) needed, it piqued my interest, to say the least,” Newbrough said.

About $10 million of the Blueprint line was covered by grants, while the remaining $5 million of debt is being paid off in equal parts by the approximately 300 residential connections the line serves. Those customers have a $20.82 per month capital charge on top their water bill.

The Allen Way Farm will use the equivalent water of about 50 residential customers, Newbrough said.

The project is slated for substantial completion in mid-August, meaning Allen Way Farm will be able to connect by then. When that happens, Newbrough will recalculate the capital charge so that it will be less for existing water customers, he said.

At their meeting Wednesday, Commissioners Frank Fuda, Niki Frenchko and Mauro Cantalamessa unanimously approved issuing a “notice to proceed” to contractor X-Press Underground Inc., of Petersburg, which won the bid for the project.

The line is expected to be fully completed by Sept. 30. Newbrough said he does not expect any major traffic disruptions during the project, which will be done mostly with a directional drill. Helsey Fusselman Road may go down to one lane for periods of time.

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