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New Fairfield officials outline need for sewer, septic ARPA funding approval

The largest project on the New Fairfield list proposed for American Rescue Plan Act funding is the sewer design and permitting project.   Most septic systems serving small businesses in the center of Town are close to 30 years old and some are starting to experience failures. The business/commercial zone is located above the largest drinking water aquifer in New Fairfield, presenting a potential environmental concern should these systems fail. Ball Pond Brook, which discharges directly to Candlewood Lake, passes through the zone and is also at risk of contamination from aging septics.   Reliance on septic systems also severely restricts both the types of businesses that can operate in Town and the potential growth of existing small businesses. The project could be expanded to include New Fairfield schools and Town buildings, also served by aging septic systems.  Residents are voting at a Special Town Meeting tonight on sending 10 projects to a vote.  Tonight's meeting is at 7pm at the Senior Center.