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Tapping in to town water

$1.6 million water main extension nears completion

  • The long-awaited water main extension project from D.D. Bean on Peterborough Street to the industrial district on Old Sharon Road in Jaffrey is nearly complete.<br/><br/>(Staff photo by Alyssa Dandrea)

    The long-awaited water main extension project from D.D. Bean on Peterborough Street to the industrial district on Old Sharon Road in Jaffrey is nearly complete.

    (Staff photo by Alyssa Dandrea) Purchase photo reprints at Photo Finder »

  • The long-awaited water main extension project from D.D. Bean on Peterborough Street to the industrial district on Old Sharon Road in Jaffrey is nearly complete.<br/><br/>(Staff photo by Alyssa Dandrea)

    The long-awaited water main extension project from D.D. Bean on Peterborough Street to the industrial district on Old Sharon Road in Jaffrey is nearly complete.

    (Staff photo by Alyssa Dandrea) Purchase photo reprints at Photo Finder »

  • The long-awaited water main extension project from D.D. Bean on Peterborough Street to the industrial district on Old Sharon Road in Jaffrey is nearly complete.<br/><br/>(Staff photo by Alyssa Dandrea)

    The long-awaited water main extension project from D.D. Bean on Peterborough Street to the industrial district on Old Sharon Road in Jaffrey is nearly complete.

    (Staff photo by Alyssa Dandrea) Purchase photo reprints at Photo Finder »

  • The long-awaited water main extension project from D.D. Bean on Peterborough Street to the industrial district on Old Sharon Road in Jaffrey is nearly complete.<br/><br/>(Staff photo by Alyssa Dandrea)
  • The long-awaited water main extension project from D.D. Bean on Peterborough Street to the industrial district on Old Sharon Road in Jaffrey is nearly complete.<br/><br/>(Staff photo by Alyssa Dandrea)
  • The long-awaited water main extension project from D.D. Bean on Peterborough Street to the industrial district on Old Sharon Road in Jaffrey is nearly complete.<br/><br/>(Staff photo by Alyssa Dandrea)

JAFFREY — Construction of a long-awaited $1.6 million waterline extension project from D.D. Bean on Peterborough Street to local industries on Old Sharon Road is nearly complete, according to Jo Anne Carr, the town’s director of planning and economic development.

“We are in the final stages of closing out the project,” Carr said last week, explaining that DBU Construction of Epson, the company contracted to do the work, has a short list of to-do items that will finalize the project.

A couple of weeks ago, the town turned on its new water system and monitored water flow throughout, Director of Public Works Randy Heglin said Thursday. He noted that local industries should experience sufficient water quantity and pressure.

So far, New England Wood Pellet on Old Sharon Road has connected to the new water main and installed a sprinkler system at its facility that Heglin said the company tested Wednesday. NEWP’s Chief Operating Officer Mark Wilson could not be reached for comment by press time Monday, but said in January that having access to the town’s water will enhance safety at NEWP and help fight any potential fires.

Monadnock Disposal Service, a neighbor of NEWP, has the necessary waterlines in place to connect to the town’s water system, but has not done so as of yet, Heglin said.

Steve Pelkey, chief executive officer of Atlas PyroVision Productions, wrote in an email to the Ledger-Transcript on Thursday that his company plans to connect to the town’s water supply within the next year.

Prior to construction of the water main extension, the only option for companies in that part of town was to draw water from private wells. Now, Carr said businesses have greater water supply for manufacturing processes and daily activities. The project overall improves firefighting capabilities, as well as promotes industrial growth, she said.

Firefighting in the district has been a challenge for some time, according to town officials. Chamberlain told the Ledger-Transcript in January that a 30,000 gallon cistern in the district has been firefighters’ primary water source in the industrial park. But as a part of the water main extension project, Heglin said 19 fire hydrants were installed and will make water readily available for emergency response. Fire hydrants are now located approximately every 500 feet along Peterborough Street and Old Sharon Road, he noted.

Carr said the availability of water in the district will have a positive effect on businesses’ fire insurance. Even for those businesses who choose not to install sprinkler systems, Carr said, fire hydrants have been installed in close proximity to the buildings.

A federal grant administered by the Economic Development Administration for $831,000 will cover 50 percent of the cost of the extension. Voters at Town Meeting in 2009 authorized the appropriation of $1.6 million to extend water supply to the district, with the understanding that at least 50 percent would be funded by grant money. Money set aside from the town’s Stone Arch Bridge Tax Increment Financing District will pay for the other half of the project over the course of 20 years . TIFs contain tax revenue collected by the town over and above the taxes collected in 1998 from the area the district encompasses, and the money collected each year is used for improvements in those districts or returned to the general fund.

Alyssa Dandrea can be reached at 924-7172 ext. 228 or adandrea@ledgertranscript.com. She’s on Twitter at @alyssadandrea.

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