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Juveniles Charged in Connection With Vandalism at Ledyard Pump Station

Police and the water authority said they are investigating vandalism.

Two boys have been charged in connection with the vandalism at a pump house that serves the water supply in Ledyard. The vandalism prompted the Southeastern Connecticut Water Authority to warn customers not to drink the water. 

Police said they arrested two boys on Wednesday. 

They are juveniles, so their names have not been released. They were charged with burglary in the third degree, criminal mischief in the first degree and criminal trespass in the third degree. 

The incident at the Connecticut Water Authority pump station at 17 East Drive in Gales Ferry was reported on Monday. 

Ledyard police said the pump station building had been breached and there was vandalism to the station.

The state Department of Public Health announced Tuesday that the water tested was acceptable by all drinking water standards and the advisory not to drink the water was lifted. 

The water authority posted the following statement on its website:

“Our review of the results of coliform bacteria, Physicals, inorganic chemicals, organic chemicals and total petroleum products of the water test collected by SCWA on 9/23/19 and analyzed by Phoenix Lab on 9/24/19 showed that all parameters are within acceptable drinking water standards, and therefore the do not drink advisory can now be lifted. The water is safe to drink. Based on this review, none of the products deemed missing from the shed and dumped in the pond were detected in the test. However, monthly monitoring of these products at the well will continue to verify that the DEEP cleanup efforts of the pond were successful in alleviating the impact on the well.”

The boys who were charged will appear at the Connecticut Superior Court for Juvenile Matters in Waterford on Oct. 25.

Police said the investigation remains active and police are looking to speak with additional witnesses.

Anyone with information on the vandalism is requested to call Ledyard Police at (860) 464-6400. Case number 19-450-OF.

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