LeAnne Gendreau

Officials Say Water is Safe to Drink in Ledyard After Vandalism at Pump Station

Police and the water authority said they are investigating vandalism.

Public health officials say it is safe for residents in the Tower Division of Gales Ferry to drink their water after vandalism at one of the three pump houses serving Southeastern Connecticut Water Authority customers.

The Southeastern Connecticut Water Authority advised customers in the area not to drink the water Monday while authorities investigated vandalism at the pump station at 17 East Drive in Gales Ferry. Crews also found oil containers thrown into a nearby retention pond.

SCWA officials said at the time it didn’t appear the vandals accessed anything that operate the water systems, but the water would be tested for safety.

The state Department of Public Health announced Tuesday that the water tested acceptable by all drinking water standards and the advisory was lifted. Officials will continue monthly monitoring to ensure the safety of the water while the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection cleans the pond.

A filling station and bottled water supply at the Gales Ferry Fire Station will remain available to residents until 8 p.m. Tuesday and will open from 6 a.m. to 8 a.m. Wednesday.

Anyone with questions about the advisory should be call Southeastern Connecticut Water Authority at (860) 464-0232.

Anyone with information on the vandalism should call Ledyard Police at (860) 464-6400.

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