The Bristol County Water Authority (BCWA) is about to launch two significant projects that will be noticeable, temporarily disruptive and designed to give Bristol’s water infrastructure a major …
The Bristol County Water Authority (BCWA) is about to launch two significant projects that will be noticeable, temporarily disruptive and designed to give Bristol’s water infrastructure a major boost, particularly in areas along Metacom Avenue, the Industrial Park and the Michael Drive neighborhood.
In Bristol, the water authority maintains two separate pressure zones. An elevated tank off Metacom Avenue is used to create a “high service area” and increases the pressure for customers at higher ground elevations. The planned improvements, which include three separate contracts for a total of $4.5 million, will transfer an additional one thousand customers (households or businesses) to the high service area, thereby increasing both pressure and fire flow in these neighborhoods. Work will begin in July and continue throughout the summer and fall.
In general, work hours will be 7 a.m. to 3 p.m., Monday to Friday. There will be no work on weekends or holidays, and all work will begin after the 4th of July.
At the completion of all three contracts, BCWA will notify affected customers prior to making the transfer to the high service area. This is expected in the spring of 2022. As a result of the higher pressures, BCWA customers who have installed booster pump systems in their homes may be able to discontinue their use. Recently, BCWA worked with a manufacturing company in the Broadcommon industrial park who was able to reduce the scope of their fire suppression system based on the proposed improvements in the water distribution system.
BCWA plans to complete additional improvements to further expand the high service area in coming years. This will include the installation of additional new high service mains and other connections throughout town.