Bridgewater Mill drinking water system out of compliance, fined $15,000

Montpelier, VT (9/28/2021) – The Agency of Natural Resources Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) announced today that The Old Mill Marketplace Owners Association of Bridgewater and Woodstock was fined $15,000 for operating a public water system out of compliance with the Vermont Water Supply Rules.

Public water systems vary from the largest municipal systems serving thousands of people to small systems at condominiums or Bed and Breakfasts. All are responsible for providing safe, clean drinking water to their users. This includes regularly assessing water quality, proper maintenance of equipment like water storage tanks and pipes, as well as proper documentation and communication to water system staff and users.

“Vermonters should not have to worry whether or not their water is clean and safe to drink,” says Peter Walke, DEC Commissioner. “State law requires water system professionals in Vermont meet rigorous operation standards. DEC provides technical support to operators and, when needed, takes formal enforcement action to ensure that safety and quality.”

The Old Mill Marketplace Owners Association owns the Bridgewater Mill drinking water system, which regularly serves at least 25 year-round residents with drinking water. In a 2013 sanitary survey, DEC personnel noted deficiencies in the water system’s operations including leaks in the water storage tank and inadequate pressure to the connections served by the system. Additionally, the water system did not have an approved operations manual as required by law. These violations were again documented in a 2016 sanitary survey. Since then, the water system continued to work with DEC to submit an operations manual for approval and improvement plans for the storage tank and water pressure deficiencies.

To resolve the matter, The Old Mill Marketplace Owners Association agreed to a number of corrective measures including submitting plans to increase the water pressure to acceptable levels and to address the leaking storage tank within six months. Additionally, they agreed to a penalty of $15,000 to resolve the longstanding violations. This agreement was incorporated into a Final Judicial Order of the Vermont Superior Court, Environmental Division.

CONTACT: Randy Miller, Enforcement and Litigation Attorney, Agency of Natural Resources; John Zaikowski, Enforcement and Litigation Section Chief, Agency of Natural Resources 802- 828-1295 |,