HVCEO - Housatonic Valley Council of Elected Officials
prepared By roald haestad, inc.
In January of 2005 Danbury presented to HVCEO that City's plan to study the use of Candlewood Lake as a source of water supply. As the nearby towns of Brookfield, New Milford, Sherman and New Fairfield have significant land area within the Candlewood Watershed, Danbury was seeking to establish a mechanism for communication as it proceeds.
It was also agreed early in 2005 that the potential for water main interconnections between Danbury and other communities would be studied. It was agreed that HVCEO would be the sponsor of the interconnection study.
This would be for the purpose of determining if towns are interested in helping to fund the Danbury water supply expansion and then receive some of the water supply newly available. The town by town results are found in the following sections:
Study components approved by HVCEO include 1) Collect information and prepare a summary of water supply needs for the towns of Brookfield, Danbury, Ridgefield, Bethel, New Fairfield, Newtown and New Milford; 2) Evaluate the City of Danbury's distribution system and the potential for interconnections with the surrounding towns; and 3) Identify and prepare budget estimates for the costs for pumping stations, pipelines, and operational expenses to serve each town with water from Danbury to meet projected future needs.
It was determined early on that three towns in the planning region, Bridgewater, Redding and Sherman, would not be included in this interconnection study. The reason was the combination of their remoteness from Danbury coupled with lack of need.
not the intent of Danbury or HVCEO to spread potentially growth
inducing water supplies out from central areas to more outlying
locations. Rather, where a town is seeking new sources of
supply for properly planned growth, the option of interconnection
with Danbury could now be considered as such decisions are
As an overview for the region, Table 1 below shows the additional water supply needs by town for 2004, 2009, 2020 and 2050 in order to meet projected demands with a 15 percent margin of safety. The projections were taken and or extrapolated from existing water supply plans, except for Brookfield and New Fairfield, where no plans were available.