Reservoirs benefitting from melting ice and snow

GROTON, Conn. (WTNH) — Winter is usually when reservoirs are replenished after a long, hot summer, so apparently there is an upside to all the melting ice and snow.

“Right now you’re looking at excess capacity that we have right here,” said Rick Stevens, General Manager of Groton Public Utilities’ Water Division.

He keeps a close eye on water levels at five reservoirs from Ledyard to Groton.

“With the five interconnected reservoirs we have, we impound over two billion gallons. Right now we’re 99-percent full,” said Stevens.

(WTNH/TIna Detelj)
(WTNH/TIna Detelj)

Good news, which comes after five-and-a-half inches of rain fell in December, replenishing the reservoirs. Add onto that the melting snow pack and it’s like icing on the cake. At nearly 100-percent capacity, the spillway is open to let the excess water flow into the Poquonnock River.

“And that water goes to Bluff Point and then works it’s way to Long Island Sound,” explained Stevens.

Other towns are also reporting a surplus of water compared to what they usually see this time of year.

“Historically we’d probably be at 80- to 85-percent,” said Stevens.

“This puts us in a very good water quantity situation,” he said. “We have water to sell.”

They also have water to spare. Again, a good position to be in on this first day of spring.

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