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April 7, 2004

Meeting Set to Discuss Water Pipeline Project in Ludlow

The Massachusetts Water Resources Authority (MWRA) will hold a public meeting Wednesday, April 14th to discuss an upcoming water pipeline project in Ludlow. The MWRA plans to construct a new water pipeline to better serve Chicopee, Wilbraham and South Hadley Fire District #1 with drinking water from Quabbin Reservoir. The project, designed to provide the three water systems with a second pipeline for improved operations and system redundancy, has three segments. The longest is 8100 feet of water pipeline along the existing MWRA pipeline easement in the area of Tank Farm Road, West Street, Charles Street and Holyoke Street. A second segment to serve Wilbraham is 2400 feet along Center Street between Haluch’s Gravel business and Miller Street. A third segment to serve South Hadley runs 3100 feet from the Nash Hill storage tank to the intersection of Fuller Street and Rood Street in Ludlow. Construction is expected begin in Spring 2005.As part of the project, an emergency fire tanker hookup will be constructed along the pipeline for the Town of Ludlow. Also, two emergency interconnections will be built with the Springfield water distribution system running through Ludlow to provide the town with Quabbin water in the event of an emergency situation in the Springfield system. The current plans for this project are available at the Ludlow Hubbard Memorial Library in the Environmental Notification Report entitled "Massachusetts Water Resources Authority Chicopee Valley Aqueduct Pipeline Redundancy Project, Contract No. 6527."

The public meeting will feature an overview of the project and citizen comments. The meeting will be held in Ludlow Town Hall, Meeting Room 2, on Wednesday evening April 14, 2004. The meeting will begin at 6:00 PM. If you have any questions, please call MWRA’s Len Cawley at 617-788-4687.