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.

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.

Tropical Storm Henri Outage Log

Hurricane/Tropical Storm Henri:

Update (8/23/21 8:51 AM):

After a long day of hard work our electric linemen restored power to the last area hit by the storm a bit after midnight last night. Our crews deserve a lot of gratitude for sure, but so do all the customers in our service territory. Everyone did a great job staying inside during the storm, staying away from downed power lines, reporting outages and understanding that power restoration work takes time. Your patience is always greatly appreciated and it allows us to do our job to the best of our abilities.
 
Whenever there is a storm we take great pride in being able to restore power within 24 hours, or same day depending on when the storm hits. While we have fully restored power to the service territory we most definitely want to hear from you if you are somehow still without power. If that is the case please call Customer Service at 860-446-4000 and we will get things going in the right direction. Thanks again and stay safe.

Update (8:22 PM):

Lestertown Road and Jupiter Point Road area (including Avery Point) have had their power restored. We are currently working on restoring power to Poquonnock Road, which may take the rest of the evening.

Update (6:15 PM):

Electric line crews are out in the field determined to finish all remaining repair work by midnight tonight. Please be patient as we move our way toward full restoration. Check back for updates.

Update (4:38 PM):

Power has been restored to Gales Ferry Road and the Big Y Plaza.

Much of the town has had power restored at this point. Below is a list of areas that have yet to have power restored:

  • 683 – 842 Poquonnock Road, including Village Lane, Ginger Drive and Lorraine Road.
  • Avery Point Campus.
  • 661 – 1010 Shennecossett Road, including Bakers Cove Lane, Jupiter Point Road, Pine Island Road and Bayberry Lane.
  • Lestertown Road.

Crews are continuing their restoration efforts.

Update (3:45 PM):

Groton-New London Airport area has had power restored except for Poquonnock Road between Johl Drive and the intersection near Dunkin. That last area will take more extensive work.

Update (3:03):

  • Wayne Road is back up
  • Groton Long Point Power has been restored
  • Gales Ferry Road is being worked on now. Could be soon.
  • About to work on getting part of Groton-New London Airport area back up. Maybe in an hour.

Update (2:39 PM) – Bozrah Light and Power:

Power has been restored to the Noble Hill Road area.

Update (1:42 PM):

Power restoration work has begun. Approximately 80% of Eastern Point has had their power restored as of 1:20 PM. Power remains out for the area of Avery Point to Thomas Road. Crews are working on restoring power in a couple of areas and we hope to have more good news soon.

Update (12:39 PM) – Bozrah Light and Power:

Noble Hill Road area has no power. Crews are on the scene to make the area safe. Repairs will begin once the wind dies down.

Update (11:55 AM):

Outage Summary for Groton Utilities Territory:

  • Eastern Point – 2,295 customers
  • Groton Long Point – 758 customers
  • Groton/New London Airport area – 564 customers
  • Lestertown Road area – customer count unavailable
  • Gales Ferry Road area – customer count unavailable
  • Mumford Road area – partial power – customer count unavailable

Update (11:33 AM):

Groton Long Point outage has affected 758 customers. Eastern Point outage has left 2295 customers without power.

Update (11:27 AM) – Bozrah Light and Power:

There is currently an outage on Hough Road. Crews are onsite to make the area safe.

Update (11:17 AM):

Eastern Point area is without power from the Pfizer area south, through Plant Street, Eastern Point Beach, UConn.

11:03 AM:

Outage Update: Groton Long Point is without power due to tree falling on a power line. Lestertown Road area without power due to tree taking down two power lines. We will make the area safe – stay away from downed power lines. Gales Ferry Road is having intermittent power due to tree on a power line. Mumford Cove has partial power due to a fallen tree.
 
Winds have reached a point where it is too dangerous to make repairs until after wind subsides. We will make areas safe where live lines have fallen. Please stay away from downed power lines.

10:31 AM:

GU crews are checking out a couple of small outages in the territory – Gales Ferry Road, Lestertown Road and Mumford Cove Road. As long as winds hold off we can have crews work on the problem.

 


If you experience an outage please contact:
Groton Utilities Customers 860-446-4000
Bozrah Light and Power Customers 860-889-7388