Aquarion to Hold Public Hearing on Diversion of Water Impacting Towns Including Greenwich

Towns:  Bridgeport, Wilton, New Canaan, Darien, Stamford, Fairfield, Easton, Weston, Redding, Greenwich, Westport, Norwalk

Waters: Hemlock Reservoir System, groundwater, Saugatuck River below Saugatuck Dam, Aspetuck River below Aspetuck Dam, and Cricker Brook below Hemlocks Dam  

DEEP has made a tentative determination to approve an application from Aquarion for a permit to divert the waters of the state.

The proposed activity includes the modification of Water Diversion Permit #DIV-97-13 to increase the authorized maximum daily transfer from the applicant’s Greater Bridgeport System to their Southwest Fairfield County Region from 7.26 million gallons per day (MGD) to 14.2 MGD and will be further limited by an annual daily average of 12.56 MGD. 

Public Hearings

Pursuant to section 22a-371, DEEP will hold a hearing to receive public comments on this application on Tuesday, May 4, 2021 at 3:00pm by Zoom. 

For register for a Zoom link for the May 4 hearing to start at 3:00pm, click here.

The hearing will be continued, to receive testimony and evidence from parties on Thursday, May 6, 2021 at 9:00am by Zoom.

For register for a Zoom link for the second part of the hearing, on May 6 at 9:00am, click here.

After you register you will receive a confirmation and a note saying you can submit questions to: [email protected]

Otherwise, written comments can be submitted to the DEEP Office of Adjudications via e-mail ([email protected]) or mail (Office of Adjudications, DEEP Headquarters, 79 Elm Street, 3rd Floor, Hartford, 06106) by the close of business on May 15, 2021. 

Members of the public should check the DEEP Calendar of Events on the DEEP website at for any alterations to this hearing schedule, including additional hearing dates or cancellations. 

The DEEP held a site visit on Thursday, April 22, 2021 commencing at 10:00am starting at the Hemlocks Reservoir dam located at 4970 Black Rock Turnpike, Fairfield.

Interested persons may obtain digital copies of the application from Peter Galant, Vice President, Tighe & Bond, 1000 Bridgeport Avenue, Shelton, CT 06484 (203-712-1104).  Questions regarding this matter may be directed to Doug Hoskins of DEEP’s Water Planning and Management Division at [email protected] / 860-424-4192