Future Reservoir Study — Wallingford, Connecticut

Years ago, the Town of Wallingford acquired approximately 1,000 acres of open space from the New Haven Water Company for use as a future recreational and reservoir property. Decades later, the town hired LEI to investigate the feasibility of constructing a reservoir on the site.

Various dam locations were evaluated with estimates of safe yield and construction costs made to determine the optimal return on investment. A review of geological information was made to determine estimates of groundwater availability on the property. Detailed costs and estimates of safe yield were determined for both groundwater and surface water supplies.

An important aspect of this study was determining the permitting requirements for a project of this magnitude. Meetings were held with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers as well as the Connecticut Departments of Energy & Environmental Protection and Public Health to determine the regulatory requirements for such a project. The input received from these agencies provides a guideline for future studies at the site.