First Selectman: Aquarion Will Allow New Canaan To Keep Emergency Radio Equipment on Water Towers at Waveny

The company that owns the water towers at Waveny—tall structures that also serve as the site for local emergency radio equipment—will allow the town to keep its gear up there indefinitely, New Canaan’s highest elected official said Thursday.

According to First Selectman Kevin Moynihan, officials from Aquarion “heard us loud and clear and they understand how important Waveny Park is to us.”

The news—a turnaround from past statements made by the water company—means that New Canaan will not need to build its own tower at Waveny in order to maintain the town’s emergency radio communications. Aquarion’s decision is subject only to the company’s negotiation of new leases with the five wireless carriers that also use the water towers, Moynihan said.

He spoke during a press briefing with local media outlets.

Earlier this year, members of the Utilities Commission explored the idea of erecting a tower alongside the water towers but on public property. That concern has emerged as a safety priority while New Canaan also seeks to address a lack of cell service in some parts of town—a complicated matter in itself.

Moynihan said that Aquarion, now owned by Eversource, owns about 11 water tanks that have antennas. The communications equipment on them likely will still need to come off temporarily when the company paints them, he said.

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