Water Commission

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The GLP Water Commission was established by state legislature to ensure the delivery of high-quality drinking water to residents, via well-maintained piping networks, at the lowest possible cost.  Management of the Water Commission is the responsibility of three commissioners, each of whom is certified by the Connecticut Department of Public Health.  A Water Commission Chairman and Water Department Superintendent are elected by the Water Commissioners, typically from their number. Additionally, the Water Commission clerk is responsible for maintaining financial data, among other duties.

The Commission’s responsibilities generally fall into the following categories:

Water supply infrastructure maintenance and repair:

The Commission maintains up-to-date information such as age, material, and size on all underground water supply piping, valves, and related components.  This information helps to forecast and schedule maintenance activities to help minimize water service interruptions to residents.  Needed repair work is performed by licensed contractors with Water Commission oversight.

Water Budget, Billing, and Payments:

The water budget is prepared and approved each year by the Water Commission.  The Commission establishes each budget based on anticipated water consumption at the prevailing cost per gallon, and scheduled maintenance activities with a contingency for unanticipated repair expenses.  The annual budget forms the basis for establishing the annual water service rate that is sent to the GLP homeowners.

The Commission clerk issues water bills to GLP property owners by July 1st of each year.  Water bill payment is due by September 1st.  The Commission’s process for handling past-due water payments is detailed in the resident-only portion of this website (login required).

Disbursements of money are made by the GLP Association Treasurer when authorized by the Water Commission Superintendent. 

Responding to Resident Emergencies and Other Inquiries

Please contact the Water Commission Superintendent or a Commissioner when water emergencies such as lack of service or water leaks arise.  We can help you determine if the problem lies with Association piping (generally all underground piping up to and including the “curb stop” valve) or homeowner piping (piping after the curb stop that connect the water supply to each home).  If the issue is with homeowner piping, the Water Commission has contractors on call that can shut the water supply to a residence until the homeowner can make repairs.  Note that “curb stop” valve access is typically located in the street or near the street in front of each house on GLP.

Water Commission staff are also ready to assist GLP residents with any information concerning our water supply.  Water quality measurements are typically included as an insert to the July water bill.  Note that the Commission is responsible for potable or drinking water only.   Questions regarding storm water drainage should be directed to the GLP Public Works Department.   Questions regarding sewer water drainage should be directed to Groton Utilities.

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