Water & Sewer
Water Main Replacement Projects
Oak Ridge Drive Water Main Replacement
The Water Department is replacing approximately 2,900 feet of old cast iron main that was installed in 1963. This main has experienced a high number of failures in the past. It will be replaced with an 8-inch ductile iron pipe from Northview Drive to the cul-de-sac at the end of Oak Ridge Drive. The work began in late September. The majority of the work will be completed before winter. Final restoration and other minor work will be finished in the spring. Coastline Construction is the contractor for this work and Snyder Civil Engineering is providing the engineers and inspectors for the city.
The Public Works Department is planning to repave Oak Ridge Drive next year. We are working to complete the water main replacement before the repaving project.
Saybrook Road Water Main Replacement
The Water Department is replacing approximately 2,600 feet of old cast iron main that was installed in 1925. This main is almost 100 years old and is in need of replacement. A new 8-inch ductile iron pipe will be installed from East Main Street to the Clew Drive. The work began in late September and will continue through the fall. It is likely that some of the work will need to be completed in the spring. DeRita Construction is the contractor for this work and Cardinal Engineering is providing engineering and inspection services for the city.
The Public Works Department is planning to reconstruct this portion of Saybrook Road next year. Their project will include repaving, sidewalks and curbing. The water main will be completed prior to their project.
Water Service Pipe Material Survey for Customers
By Theresa Spalletta, Manager of Technical and Regulatory Affairs
The City of Middletown works diligently to ensure the water provided to all their customers is safe. As part of this effort we are asking for your help to determine the type of water service line (pipe) entering your home. The Middletown Water Department’s (MWD) records are incomplete prior to 1950. It is possible that some of these pre-1950 pipes were constructed out of lead or were coated with lead.
Water service pipes that contain lead materials pose known health risks. MWD is currently creating an inventory of lead service pipes in our system. This inventory will allow us to apply for state and federal funding which will reduce the cost of replacing any lead water service pipes. The removal of service pipes that contain lead will be mandated by the federal government in the next several years and it is our hope that we can address this issue prior to the requirement.
If you live in a home that was built prior to May 1950 or if you are uncertain when your home built, we are asking you to perform a simple inspection of your service pipe. Please follow the steps on the Inspection Steps for Pipe Material Survey (PDF) to determine the material of your water service pipe. Once completed:
1. Print this FORM (PDF), fill it out and mail or drop it off the at our office located at 82 Berlin Street, or
2. Use our electronic form Online Form - Pipe Material Survey for Customers
Thank you for your cooperation, it is sincerely appreciated.
It’s a Toilet, Not a Trash Can
There has been a significant increase in the use of disinfecting wipes to clean homes and work spaces in an effort to stay healthy. Please remember that wipes can NOT be flushed down the toilet, even if they are labeled as "disposable" or "flushable".
Unlike toilet paper, which breaks down quickly in water, personal, baby and cleaning/disinfecting wipes remain intact and tangle into massive clogs that jam pumps and block pipes. See the recent EPA News Release on this issue.
Here’s a list of a few other items that should NEVER be flushed down your toilet:
- Cloth rags or towels
- Baby wipes, Toilet wipes, Disinfecting wipes, or cloth wipes of any kind
- Paper Towels
- Paper (other than toilet paper/tissue)
- Medications (Prescription, or over-the-counter)
- Feminine hygiene products of any kind
- Beauty products, Q-Tips, dental floss
- Plastics of any kind
- "Disposable" contact lenses
- Grease of any kind – especially cooking grease
- Garden supplies (such as pesticides, fertilizers)
- Paint, varnish, paint remover
- Motor oil, gasoline, or any explosive material
Your help can reduce blockages in pipes which can lead to sewer backups in the environment, the streets or even your home!
Pipeline - Department Newsletter
The latest news and updates from the Water and Sewer Department.
- Is my water safe to drink?
- How often do I get billed for Water and Sewer?
- When do I need to pay my Water and Sewer bill?
- Why is my water usage or bill unusually high?
- What do I do if the tap water looks discolored or tastes unusual?
- Sewage is backing up in my house, what do I do?
- Where does the water I drink come from?
- What is fee to connect to the Sanitary Sewer System?
- What is the fee to connect to the Public Water System?