BRISTOL WATER DEPARTMENT WARNS OF SUSPECTED
November 3, 2014
For Immediate Release
Bristol – The Bristol Water Department is advising customers to be cautious of two individuals posing as
water company employees in an attempt to enter residential
On Saturday, November 1, 2014 two male suspects claiming to be from the water department gained
access to a Bristol residence, telling the resident they needed to check for water leaks. Bristol Water
Department is working in coordination with the Bristol Police Department who are investigating the
situation. No further details are available at this time.
The Bristol Water Department urges all residents, especially those who are home during the day, to be
alert for imposters by following these tips:
1. Bristol Water Department employees do not knock on doors to check for leaks without a
scheduled appointment and drive vehicles clearly marked with the Bristol Water Department
2. The Bristol Water Department encourages customers to ask for identification from anyone who
comes to their door. All Bristol Water Department employees have photo identification badges
and will gladly display them upon request. The policy is “No Identification – No Entry”.
3. If someone comes to your door claiming to be from the water department and you do not have a
previously scheduled appointment, do not allow access to your home until you call the Bristol
Water Department at 860-582-7431 or 860-583-6504 to verify their identity.
4. If you have any doubt about the individual’s identity or motives, or authenticity of their
credentials, do not allow them entry into your home and call the police.
Congratulations to Cynthia Berrios for receiving a Mentor of the Year award. Cynthia has been a mentor for 15 years in the Bristol schools and she is a 26 year employee of the Bristol Water Department.
The Bristol Water Department and our own Superintendent Robert Longo have been featured in the December issue of Water System Operator Magazine (WSO). WSO is a National water industry magazine published out of Wisconsin with subscribers aro...und the world. We are delighted to be featured in such a well-known trade magazine and are proud to see our department and the City receive such recognition! We can't thank all of our employees enough for everything that they do. Click on the picture below to
read the article.
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Pharmaceuticals in Drinking Water
Recent television and newspaper articles have raised concerns regarding pharmaceuticals in the wastewater stream and their impact on drinking water quality. Fortunately, Connecticut is only one of two states in the nation that prohibits discharges from wastewater treatment plants within public water supply watersheds. This means that Connecticut’s public water supplies, including the supplies for the Bristol Water Department, are at very little risk of exposure to pharmaceuticals that have been flushed through sewers into the wastewater stream.
In addition, our public water supplies are tested frequently to meet state and federal requirements. Although water companies in the United States are not required to test for pharmaceuticals, we do must test for more than 83 contaminants. The Bristol Water Department along with all water companies are required to treat all surface waters used for public water supply; monitor the quality of these waters; and publish annual water quality reports. State organizations including the Department of Environmental Protection and Department of Public Health also help protect water supplies and watershed areas from development through many incentive programs.
As a result, Bristol’s water quality is among the best in the world. We must, however, continue to support laws to protect the quality of our public water supplies, including prohibiting the disposal of medications into wastewater treatment facilities.
For additional information concerning pharmaceuticals in drinking water or how to properly dispose of pharmaceuticals, please visit the following websites: