Groton Utilities kicks off Drinking Water Week by celebrating tap water being “There When You Need It”

drinking water week logoGroton, CT – Groton Utilities and partners throughout North America kicked off Drinking Water Week celebrations on May 1st by showcasing the different ways tap water is “There When You Need It.” Drinking Water Week is May 1-7 this year.

Groton Utilities is observing Drinking Water Week by recognizing the vital role tap water plays in daily life, the infrastructure that is required to carry it to and from homes and businesses, and the critical work that water professionals accomplish around the clock to ensure the delivery of quality tap water.

“Tap water plays an integral role in meeting our daily health, hygiene and hydration needs,” said American Water Works Association CEO David LaFrance. “Water sector professionals, the infrastructure they work to design, create and maintain and the treatment process all work in harmony to ensure safe tap water is ‘There When You Need It.’”

Groton Utilities recently completed the construction of a $54 million state-of-the-art water filtration plant. The new plant, which can process 12 million gallons of water per day, ensures that our customers will have access to the cleanest and healthiest water possible for decades to come.

To commemorate the week, water utilities, water organizations, government entities, environmental advocates, schools and others throughout North America and beyond are encouraging consumers to learn more about the importance of water services and water infrastructure, especially in times of crisis.

About Drinking Water Week:

For several decades, AWWA and its members have celebrated Drinking Water Week, a unique opportunity for both water professionals and the communities they serve to join together in recognizing the vital role water plays in daily lives. Free materials for download and additional information about Drinking Water Week are available on the Drinking Water Week webpage.

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New water treatment plant at Groton Utilities

Giving Back to the Community Through the Neighborhood Assistance Act

This past December Groton Utilities and Bozrah Light and Power were able to “give back to the community” by use of the State of Connecticut  Neighborhood Assistance Act (NAA) Tax Credit Program. Through this program Groton Utilities and Bozrah Light and Power were able to make the following contributions to local non-profit organizations:

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Bozrah Light and Power:

Riverfront Children’s Center will use the grant for installing new insulation in their childcare center building. Additionally they will be replacing an entry door and installing LED lights.

Sacred Heart School will be using the contribution to fund several energy conservation projects, including installing LED lighting in the parking lot, mini-splits for heating and cooling in the school annex, and replacing a portion of the school roof.

The Southeastern Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence (SCADD) are planning to use the funding to upgrade the air quality systems in the Lebanon Pines location’s dormitories.

The Avery-Copp Museum are scheduled to install a heat pump mini-split system in the carriage house, which has been repurposed for archive and collection storage, office, and meeting space. They will also be replacing an inefficient propane furnace, allowing them to reduce their carbon footprint by using less fuel.

According to the State of Connecticut Department of Revenue Services website “The Connecticut Neighborhood Assistance Act (NAA) Tax Credit Program is designed to provide funding for municipal and tax exempt organizations by providing a corporation business tax credit for businesses who make cash contributions to these entities.”

Through this program non-profit organizations can apply for funding through the state for assistance paying for energy conservation projects. Groton Utilities and/or Bozrah Light and Power can then help pay for specific projects from the state approved projects list via a state tax credit. An organization can receive a maximum of $150,000 in a single year through the program. The total amount for the program according to the State of Connecticut is five million dollars. Projects defined as meeting energy conservation criteria can receive up to a 100% credit. Groton Utilities/Bozrah Light and Power only support requests that are 100% funded through the tax credit.

For information on how to apply for the Neighborhood Assistance Act program check out the state website.


Satisfy Your Sweet Tooth with Fairview’s Art of Chocolate!

Groton Utilities has been the primary sponsor of the Fairview Art of Chocolate Fundraiser event for several years. Fairview’s Art of Chocolate has been a fan favorite fundraiser since 2015 with over 500 people in attendance each year! While 2021’s event will look much different than years past, Fairview still wanted to find a way to bring chocolate to you…so we came up with the idea of chocolate tasting boxes that can be enjoyed from the comfort of your home.

Each tasting box will include samples for either one or two people, along with a tasting guide to tell you what each item is and where it is from. What better way to get into the Valentine’s Day spirit than with a box of delicious chocolate creations from local vendors?

New this year: Purchase an Art of Chocolate tasting box for a Healthcare Hero at Fairview! Our dedicated staff has worked incredibly hard throughout the COVID-19 pandemic and continue to do so every day. Help us show our team how loved and appreciated they are by purchasing tasting boxes that will be donated to Fairview staff members.

This year the following restaurants will be participating:

Black Dahlia Baking Company • Bleu Squid Breakfast Cafe & Never Enough Bake Shop

Fairview • Gourmet Galley Catering • Hauser Chocolatier • Karma Kitchen

Octagon at Mystic Marriott • Pop on the Block • Rise Nutrition

To purchase a tasting box click here


Groton Utilities Electric Vehicle Charger Now Available in Washington Park

Groton Utilities and the City of Groton are excited to announce the “grand opening” of our first public–use electric vehicle charger. The charger is conveniently located at the corner of Meridian Street and Mitchell Street in Washington Park and is free for all to use.

Mayor, Director of Utilities and EV

(left to right) Mayor Keith Hedrick, Director of Utilities Ron Gaudet and IT Support Assistant Ryan Southwell

The charger, purchased by Groton Utilities and installed by the Operations Division, is a level 2 charger – meaning that it is much faster than a standard house charger. Level 2 chargers can fully charge an electric vehicle battery in as little as two hours, depending on the capacity of the battery.

The charger is conveniently located in Washington Park, so it is near the highway as well as many local businesses. Additionally it is an ideal location for those who want to charge their vehicle while they enjoy spending some quality time at the park.

“We are really excited to have this charger in the park – it’s an ideal location for people to drop by and enjoy the park while they charge up their car,” said Ron Gaudet, Director of Utilities. “Electric vehicles are the future – they’re coming – so it’s important to us at Groton Utilities to be able to provide this service to our local community”.

The electric charger in Washington Park is part of Groton Utilities Energy Conservation Program. Through this program GU encourages customers and the community to find different ways to save money, energy and the environment through rebates on energy efficiency-related purchases, including Electric Vehicles, EV chargers, Mini split heat pumps and attic insulation, among other things.

“As a publicly-owned utility Groton Utilities prioritizes helping out our customers and the community in general,” said Manager of Communications and Community Outreach Dan Bouges, “We want to do our part in helping make Groton the ideal location for people to live and work. By providing highly-competitive rates on electric, water and sewage services along with our community outreach efforts and now this charger in the park, we feel like we are getting closer to that goal.”

Increasingly electric vehicles are becoming an attractive alternative to standard gasoline powered vehicles. They are quiet, cheap to run, kind to the environment and they help lower our dependence on fossil fuels. Upwards to 80% of people drive less than 40 miles a day for their commute, and with more and more EV models having a single-charge range of more than 300 miles, it is increasingly possible to go through a week on a single charge. Electric vehicles still cost more than a standard car, but with an abundance of rebates available (including through GU) it is relatively easy to lower the purchase cost a substantial amount.

To speak to someone at Groton Utilities regarding our Energy Conservation program, including rebates and the EV charger, please call Customer Service at 860-446-4000.

Groton Utilities employees and Mayor

(left to right) Key Account General Manager Len Mediavilla, Electric Division Jason Potemski, Mayor Keith Hedrick, Director of Utilities Ron Gaudet, Leader Electrician Steve Schaub, General Manager Projects and Planning Bruce Kruszewski and and IT Support Assistant Ryan Southwell

Souls on Fire Featured At “Concerts in the Park” on 8/17

SOF LogoThe band Souls on Fire will be featured this week at Concerts in the Park 2018. The concert will be held on Friday, August 17, 2018 at 6:30 p.m. at Washington Park in the City of Groton. All concerts are free.

Souls on Fire is a 10-piece, soulful 1970’s band, featuring music from Chicago, Blood Sweat & Tears, Tower of Power, Motown and lots more.

Groton Utilities and the City of Groton Parks and Recreation Department co-sponsor and co-produce the concert series. Joe Presti provides sound production for all concerts.

For concert information or cancellation notices, call 860-446-4129, the concert hotline.

Food is available on site.  The Groton Little League operates the concession stand.

The concerts are designed to be especially appealing to families for a fun, inexpensive night out. Spectators are encouraged to bring their families and perhaps a picnic supper.  The concert site also has sufficient room on the basketball court for dancing.

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Holiday Lights Parade – December 2nd

Come join the Greater Groton Community for the Annual Groton Holiday Lights Parade on Saturday, December 2, at 5 p.m.  This is a special event, sponsored by the Groton Business Association (GBA) of the Greater Mystic Chamber of Commerce. The line of march is along U. S. Route 1 in downtown Groton from South Road to Drozdyk Drive. Plenty of free parking is available for parade attendees.Happy Holidays

This year’s marching musical units, include the Robert E. Fitch Senior High School Marching Band and Guard, the Nutmeg Volunteers Junior Ancient Fife and Drum Corps, the Colchester Continental Fife & Drum Corp, the Westbrook Junior Colonials Fife and Drum Corps, and the Deep River Junior Ancient Fife & Drum Corp.  There will be floats from community groups and local fire trucks.

Immediately after the parade, Santa Claus will have the honor of lighting the holiday tree on the green at the rear of the Groton Shopping Plaza.   Parents, you are invited to take your child’s photograph with Santa

This post-parade celebration is sponsored by the Groton Rotary Club.  Dunkin Donuts of Groton is donating the refreshments.

The GBA would like to recognize the companies who have committed to be a sponsor for this year’s event.  They are: Groton Utilities and the Groton Parks   and Recreation Department, Capstone Sponsors;  Stonington Odd Fellows Lodge #26, a Keystone Sponsor; and Groton Shopping Plaza, a Sandstone Sponsor; and Chelsea Groton Bank, Darrell Fox, Centurion Wealth Management; Grover Insurance, Thames Valley Communications and the Light House, Fieldstone Sponsors.

Judging will take place as participants pass by Chelsea Groton Bank.

For weather cancellation info, please call (860) 441-6791.