GU Sponsored United Way Food Distribution Event – Friday, October 22nd

united wayGroton Utilities is sponsoring a mobile food pantry food distribution event for this Friday, October 22nd, at St. John’s Church at 346 Shennecossett Road in Groton, CT. The event will run from 12:30 to 2:30 pm. Families will receive a box containing fresh produce, protein, nonperishables, and more. No registration required. Families are served on a first come-first served basis so arrive as early as possible.

The United Way of Southeastern Connecticut hosts numerous mobile distributions each month. Visit their events calendar to find upcoming distributions.

Groton Utilities Celebrates Public Power Week October 3 – 9

Public Power WeekGroton Utilities is celebrating Public Power Week (#PublicPowerWeek), Oct. 3-9, along with the American Public Power Association and more than 2,000 other community-owned, not-for-profit electric utilities that collectively provide electricity to 49 million Americans.

This year, we are highlighting the people behind public power. Our dedicated staff from various departments care about helping customers receive the most optimal services, at a low cost. To mark Public Power Week Groton Utilities offers a few tips on how to save energy and money in your home, while caring for the environment and the community we live in:

  • Plug energy leaks with weather stripping and caulking, and be sure your house is properly insulated — you can save up to 20 percent on heating/cooling bills, and make your home more comfortable.
  • Clean or change filters regularly. A dirty furnace or air conditioning filter will slow airflow and make the system work harder to keep you warm or cool.
  • Install a programmable thermostat to save up to 10 percent on cooling and heating costs.
  • Wash clothes in cold water. Heating the water in a washer uses 90 percent of the energy used to wash clothes. According to Energy Star, by switching to cold water, you can save $30-$40 every year.
  • Use energy-efficient light bulbs including halogen incandescent, CFLs, and LEDs to reduce energy use by as much as 80 percent.
  • Turn off all lights, appliances and electronics not in use. Better still, use a power strip and turn off devices and lights that are not in use to cut standby power, to save $100 a year on your electricity bill.
  • To save energy at home, replace incandescent bulbs with energy saving lights. LED lights use up to 90% less energy than incandescent bulbs while lasting up to 25 times longer
  • Conserve energy by turning off and unplugging all electrical devices that aren’t in use.

“We know that using energy wisely to lower monthly electric bills is important to Groton Utilities and Bozrah Light and Power residents,” said Hollis McKee, Energy Engineer at Groton Utilities, “While we are sharing these tips during Public Power Week, we hope our community will keep an eye on energy efficiency all year round.”

Groton Utilities offers a variety of programs to help you use energy wisely. GU’s Home Energy Savings Program, subsidized in part by a State of Connecticut grant, provides a comprehensive in-home energy assessment service for your dwelling. Additionally, Groton Utilities offers a comprehensive slate of rebates in our Rebate Center that will help you purchase and/or install the proper equipment to help you save energy and money for many years ahead. You can check out all of these programs and more at www.grotonutilities.com.

Drinking Water Sodium Level Notification

We have reached a sodium level of 32 mg/L in the drinking water from the Water Treatment Plant this summer. The notification level for sodium is 28 mg/L in tap water. This is not a violation and is perfectly safe for most people, but requires us to notify our customers that the level is above 28 mg/L. If you have been placed on a sodium-restricted diet, please inform your physician that our water contains 32 mg/L of sodium.

Sodium is an element that is naturally occurring and is essential for life.  Sodium is naturally present in our reservoirs, and in some of our reservoirs it is at a higher level than others, possibly due to stormwater runoff from the roads.  At various times, ranging from the spring to the fall, it is advantageous to blend water from one of our reservoirs into our main reservoir to improve certain aspects of the water quality.  Unfortunately, that reservoir is one of the ones which has a higher sodium content from road salting, and this will sometimes cause our tap water to have sodium in excess of the 28 mg/L notification level (our maximum level this summer is 32 mg/L).  As required, we publish a notice in our billing statements to let our customers know this.  For most of our customers, this will not be an issue, but for customers who have been put on a very restrictive diet (less than 500 mg of sodium per day) this may be something they will want to discuss with their doctor.  To put things in perspective, 32 mg/L of sodium is equal to 8 mg of sodium in an 8 ounce glass of water; in comparison, an 8 ounce glass of 1 % milk contains 104 mg of sodium.  So if you have any concerns about sodium in drinking water please consult your physician, but for most people on a normal (i.e., non-sodium restricted) diet, Groton Utilities water would not be of concern.

GU Sponsored United Way Food Distribution Event – Friday, September 24th

united wayGroton Utilities is sponsoring a mobile food pantry food distribution event for this Friday, September 24th, at St. John’s Church at 346 Shennecossett Road in Groton, CT. The event will run from 12:30 to 2:30 pm. Families will receive a box containing fresh produce, protein, nonperishables, and more. No registration required. Families are served on a first come-first served basis so arrive as early as possible.

The United Way of Southeastern Connecticut hosts numerous mobile distributions each month. Visit their events calendar to find upcoming distributions.