Aquarion begins work on Old Greenwich pipe, warns of water troubles ahead

Water company Aquarion has announced it has resumed work on an Old Greenwich water main originally slated for completion last fall. While the project will help increase fire flows in the neighborhood when finished, construction could cause temporary service disruptions and other problems in the upcoming months, Aquarion officials warned.

The 1,950 feet of cast iron pipe runs along Sound Beach Avenue from Shore Road to St. Claire Avenue and is to be replaced with a wider, more ductile main over the course of  next three months. Work began Monday, March 31, and officials expect the project’s completion in late June.


But the project will come at a cost for Old Greenwich residents. Aquarion urges its nearby customers to stockpile water in their refrigerators for drinking and cooking in the months ahead, in the case of service disruption or water discoloration. Residents are encouraged to refrain from washing their clothes if  water appears discolored.

Construction could also cause minor traffic problems, officials said.

“We greatly appreciate residents’ patience during this project,” said Aquarion Manager of Utility Programs Alan Huth in a statement. “We will work closely with our customers, contractors, and town officials from the highway, wastewater, and traffic operations departments to coordinate the work and minimize disruption.”

Customers can direct questions to Steve Glowa, Aquarion Pipeline Program Coordinator, at (203) 362-3061. Aquarion Customer Service may be reached at 1-800-732-9678.

Justin Pottle