Faulty drain to blame for groundwater runoff in Thomaston
Thomaston — A construction project to upgrade the sewer system on Brooklyn Heights Road and Sunrise Terrace has encountered a problem with a drain designed to redirect groundwater from the area. The end date of the project for that phase has been extended to Oct. 15.
Late Friday morning, Aug. 17, water was running down Brooklyn Heights Road toward the green bridge and crews were excavating a site nearby. John Fancy, pollution control superintendent for Thomaston, said the water is groundwater.
Initially crews were concerned the runoff may be sewer water, storm water or a break in the water main.
McGee Construction of Gardiner was awarded a bid to complete the project on Sunrise Terrace by the town of Thomaston. Mike McGee, foreman of the project, said he did not want to issue a comment addressing the construction on Aug. 17.
The construction totals $1 million for the work on Sunrise Terrace and Brooklyn Heights Road.
Fancy said crews were digging up the drain to determine what caused the malfunction. He said the problem would be fixed immediately. The drain may have been plugged or damaged during construction.
"This happens all the time during construction, this was just more visible," said Fancy.
Courier Publications reporter Juliette Laaka can be reached at 594-4401 ext. 118 or via email at JLaaka@courierpublicationsllc.com.