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Interim central water system for Cooks Corner project approved

by Larry Chowning

On March 5, 2019, the Middlesex County Board of Supervisors approved unanimously to move ahead with “scope of service and work order” for an “interim” Cooks Corner water system. This would allow for water services to be available for the Cooks Corner Revitalization and Workforce Housing project by the summer of 2020.

In a letter to the board dated March 1, Middlesex County Administrator Matt Walker wrote that “due to the requirement of the USDA, the [Middlesex] Water Authority must obtain all easements throughout the entirety of the project in order to bid the Eastern Middlesex Water System.”

The easement process will delay water services to the Cooks Corner project, which is needed to provide domestic water to the soon-to-come workforce housing units. “The Water Authority’s easement acquisition is ongoing but will most likely delay the bidding of the . . . [Eastern Middlesex Water System] project by some six to nine months,” wrote Walker. “Therefore, it has become necessary for the county to consider moving forward with the Cooks Corner Water System independently . . . and to be later incorporated into the larger Eastern Middlesex Water System once it has been constructed.”

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posted 03.13.2019

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