What is the Watershed Inspection?
The watershed inspection is an inspection of the land that makes up a drinking water watershed. Connecticut law requires water supply companies to complete this inspection. Groton Utilities Water Division Staff of Reservoir and Watershed Patrol attempt to visit every property on our watershed at least once a year. They check to make sure that septic systems are working, animal manure is being disposed of properly, fertilizers and pesticides are being applied correctly and other sources of pollution are minimized. Utility employees also visit businesses located on the watershed to make sure they are using and disposing hazardous materials safely. The inspection results are required to be submitted to the Connecticut Department of Health each year and are available to the public.
What is a drinking water watershed?
A watershed is defined by topography as the area of land that drains to one place. On a drinking water watershed, the rain that falls on a particular watershed’s land then drains to a stream, brook or reservoir where water is used to supply the community with drinking water. When you are driving on the road and you see a sign that reads “Now entering watershed area” be aware that the land you are driving on drains to a body of water that supplies our community with drinking water.
How does the Watershed Inspection work?
Initially a letter is sent out to all known property owners in our watershed. The letter will inform them when the annual inspection begins. Groton Utilities Staff of Reservoir and Watershed Patrol will visit the property once during the year. You do not have to be present during the inspection. The inspection is external and we do not enter the home. We do inspect residential and business properties, including gas stations and specific properties prone to pollution. Watershed inspectors utilize a Groton Utilities vehicle and carry identification. If you have any questions please contact Groton Utilities Water Division by phone at (860) 446-4022
What if we find a problem?
If a problem is discovered in the course of our inspection, the property owner will be notified in writing with recommendations to correct the issues and is given reasonable time to correct the problem.
The 2019 Watershed inspections will begin on April 1st and will go throughout the summer.