Wilton Water Works has new generator

WILTON – A new generator, which Superintendent Mike Bergeron said “could probably supply a small village,” has been installed at the pump station off Route 31 south, thanks to a grant through the New Hampshire Department of Safety Emergency Management Performance Grant Program.

A grant of $20,569 was awarded some months ago and the generator installed at the end of the summer. It recently went on line. The new generator will “provide a modern electricity generation system that will allow uninterrupted operation of the pumps in any emergency,” according to a press release.

Bergeron said it is propane generator, “which has fewer problems than a gasoline operation.”

The grant was written by then Water Commissioner, now State Representative, Frank Edelblut and Bergeron who did much of the needed research. The grant covered half of the costs, with the remainder coming from the commission’s capital reserve fund.

Tom Schultz, chairman of the Water Commission, expressed his thanks to both Bergeron and Edelblut for “their efforts in obtaining this grant.”

The Wilton Water System was chartered by the state legislature in 1904 and had been supplying safe, clean water ever since to much of the eastern part of town, Wilton Center, and the Pine Valley section of Milford. The Board of Directors is elected by the town and the superintendent is appointed by the board.