Water Resources Department (Water / Waste Water)

Water Resources Department
205 South Street
Bennington, VT 05201
Hours: Monday. Friday 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Emergency: Please direct all After Hours, Weekend and/or Holiday Water and Sewer Emergency calls to the Bennington Police Department at (802) 442-1030. The Police Department will dispatch personnel accordingly.

Terrance A. Morse, Water Resources Superintendent
Email: tmorse@benningtonvt.org
Phone: 802-442-1037

Linda E. Bermudez, Public Works Administrative Assistant
Email: lbermudez@benningtonvt.org
Phone: 802-447-9719

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The Bennington Water Resources Department was formed in 1987 consolidating the Bennington Water and Wastewater (Sewer) Departments. This consolidated Department has (1) Superintendent and (2) Working Forman (one for each division). This department’s budget is solely funded through the system users and the rates established annually. No real estate tax money is used for any part of either departments needs.

Water Department
The Water Department is made up of a five-man crew. This crew is responsible for servicing and maintaining approximately 62 miles of water mains, 500 fire hydrants, 3,700 water service connections and 1,150 water meters ranging from 1/2 inch to 8 inches in diameter. They also are responsible for the maintaining the 4.0 million gallon per day Water Filtration Plant. The Bennington water system is fed by two different water sources. Our primary water source is Bolles Brook, a surface water source located in Woodford, Vermont. It is necessary to treat this water before consumption and is done so at the Water Filtration Plant on Route 9 in Woodford. Our plant was originally built and put on line in 1978. This Filtration Plant went through a major upgrade in 2006 in order to meet new criteria set forth by the E.P.A.’s as they related to the Safe Drinking Water Act.

Bennington’s second source of water is Morgan Springs. This is a pristine ground water source located right in the Town of Bennington. It is an extremely valuable resource to both the Town of Bennington and it’s water users. This amazing spring overflows nearly 2.5 Million Gallons per Day. In 1992 Morgan Springs was upgraded to a state of the art ground water pumping station and withdrawal facility. In 2004 the Town of Bennington Water Department made additional upgrades to facilitate the sale of Morgan Springs Water to private water bottling companies, which continues today. Projects in the near future will be focused on the replacement of 100-year-old water main sections and the improvement of water quality through larger diameter water mains as well as looping the water mains where possible.

If you have questions regarding your water service, billings, permits for repairs, allocations for home additions or new businesses or water meters please contact the Water Department at the Town Offices at 802-447-9719.

On-site Locations:
Bennington Water Department Shop
Burgess Road
Hours: Monday through Friday 7:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.; No Weekend Hours

Filtration Plant
Vermont Route 9
Hours: Monday through Friday 7:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. (By Appointment Only); No Weekend Hours

Wastewater/Sewer Department
The Bennington Wastewater Department put its first Primary Wastewater Treatment Facility on line in the 1962. This level of treatment was a simple settling process with an Anaerobic Digestion of collected sludge. The Sludge was eventually drained, freeze-dried and transported to a landfill. This treatment process survived until 1984 when the treatment facility underwent a major upgrade.

The facility upgraded its process to a Secondary-Tertiary treatment process with sludge dewatering in 1992 and eventually a state of the art composting facility in 2000. The Bennington Wastewater Treatment Facility receives wastewater from Bennington, North Bennington and Shaftsbury. The six-man crew maintains approximately 67 miles of sanitary sewer mains, four pump stations and 1,300 sewer manholes. They are also responsible for maintaining the 5.1 million gallon per day Wastewater Treatment Facility itself. The operators and the facility have been recognized for their efforts with numerous State of Vermont and New England Water Pollution Control awards for their outstanding efforts. The Treatment Facility, now approaching  30 years old, is scheduled for a $9.85 million upgrade.  The Town’s engineers, Aldrich and Elliott, made a presentation of the planned upgrade at the August 28th Select Board meeting (see related link below).  A bond vote asking the community to support the project is scheduled for October 10, 2017.  This is a most important project in that it will maintain the quality of the Walloomsac River, a wonderful fishery.

If you have questions regarding your sewer service, billings, permits for repairs, allocations for home additions or new businesses please contact the Sewer Department at the Town Offices at 802-447-9719.

On-site Location:
Wastewater Treatment Plant
Harrington Road
Hours: Monday – Friday 7:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.; No Weekend Hours

Related Links: Wastewater Treatment Facility Upgrade presentation


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