UConn has reached a contract agreement with Connecticut Water, paving the way for a project to increase water supply to the Storrs campus and surrounding area.
UConn Board of Trustees voted to authorize the agreement on Wednesday. Connecticut Water was chosen from three contenders in September to build a five-mile pipeline form Tolland to Storrs, according to a joint announcement from the university and water company.
The $21 million project will be funded by the water company and could be completed within 18 months of obtaining necessary permits. The process to obtain those permits will begin in early 2014, according to Thomas Callahan, UConn’s associate vice president for infrastructure planning and strategic project management.
Under the new agreement, Connecticut Water will provide as much as 1.5 million gallons of water a day to the university over the next 50 years. The company will also provide water to service areas in Mansfield.