Wednesday, June 5, 2013
The Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection has given the Milford Water Company approval to run the plant.
A new, state-of-the-art facility that purifies surface water is up and running at the Milford Water Company on Dilla Street, the water company announced Tuesday. “This new and efficient plant is an important investment that will provide the people and businesses of Milford with high quality service for many years to come,” Milford Water Co. President David White said in a press release. “We thank all those who have made this project run smoothly, on schedule, and within budget.” Construction is still continuing on site and is expected to run through August. The new plant will recycle the majority of water used in the treatment of drinking water, General Manager David Condrey told Patch last year. Carbon filters are designed to reduce …
Friday, May 17, 2013
Henry Papuga, former Milford Water Company manager, was sentenced Friday to five years of probation and 250 hours of community service. In a statement, he apologized for his actions.
WORCESTER — Henry Papuga stood before a Superior Court judge Friday and admitted he had added a chlorine bleach to water samples on Aug. 15, 2009, an action he said he could not remember for some time afterward. In his sentencing hearing, one day after his conviction on eight charges relating to tampering with water samples in 2009, Papuga apologized for his actions that day. Papuga, 62, the former head of the Milford Water Company, was sentenced Friday to a year in jail, but that sentence is suspended for five years of probation. He also must not work in the drinking water industry, and has to perform 250 hours of community servce in the next five years. He will pay no restitution. "I truly apologize for that instantaneous moment, I …
Thursday, May 16, 2013
Henry Papuga, the retired former manager of the Milford Water Company, was found guilty Thursday of deliberately tampering with water samples in 2009. He will be sentenced Friday.
WORCESTER — Henry Papuga, the retired former manager of the Milford Water Company, deliberately tampered with water samples in 2009, and made false statements about the integrity of those samples, a Superior Court judge ruled Thursday. The four-day trial in Worcester Superior Court ended with a verdict from the bench. Superior Judge David Ricciardone said he found the state's circumstantial evidence to be convincing. "I am convinced beyond a reasonable doubt of the defendant's guilt," Ricciardone said. "... to do otherwise, I'd have to believe in a stunning series of coincidences." Sentencing will be at 11:30 a.m. Friday. Papuga was found guilty of six counts of tampering with environmental monitoring device or method, and two counts of …
The trial of retired Milford Water Company manager Henry Papuga is expected to finish Thursday. Closing arguments are expected this afternoon.
WORCESTER — Scientists, lab technicians, public safety officials and Milford Water Company employees have all testified this week in the trial of former Water Company manager Henry Papuga. The testimony is expected to be completed Thursday, with closing arguments tentatively set for Thursday afternoon. Papuga is charged with six counts relating to tampering with drinking water samples, and two counts relating to making false statements on a chain of custody form. State prosecutors contend he was under so much pressure to put a stop to the boil water order of August 2009, that he intentionally tampered with a round of water samples to make sure they came out "clean." The boil water order required 27,000 residential and business customers of…
Tuesday, May 14, 2013
Milford Police Chief Thomas O'Loughlin testified Monday at the trial of Henry Papuga, the former manager of the Milford Water Company.
WORCESTER — Milford Police Chief Thomas O'Loughlin testified Monday that the cost of distributing bottled water to town residents, following the 2009 boil water order, was borne by the Milford Water Company. And the private utility also paid for the $45-an-hour police details needed to keep traffic flowing smoothly and tempers in check, as thousands of people turned out at Milford High School to collect free gallons. The first day alone, he said, 6,000 vehicles pulled through the high school. Nearly all received just one gallon of water. The four pallets of water initially purchased by the Water Company for the distribution were gone in the first hour. "It was a loggerjam," O'Loughlin said. "The response was just simply unbelievable, the …
Monday, May 13, 2013
Henry Papuga, the former head of the Milford Water Co, waived his right to a trial by jury Monday and chose instead to have his case heard by a judge.
WORCESTER — Testimony in the criminal trial against the former head of the Milford Water Company began Monday, after the defendant, Henry Papuga, waived his right to a trial by jury. Instead, a judge will determine whether Papuga is guilty, or not guilty, of eight charges filed against him by the state Attorney General's Office. Papuga is charged with six counts relating to tampering with drinking water samples, and two counts relating to making false statements on a chain of custody form. Prosecutors contend he intentionally tampered with drinking water samples to lift the burden of a boil water order imposed on Milford in August 2009. The state-imposed boil water order required the 27,000 customers of the private water company to boil …
Sunday, April 14, 2013
The Milford Water Co. on Sunday night will begin flushing the following water lines.
Sunday, April 14
Editor's Note: The Milford Water Company will continue flushing water lines on these streets, beginning Sunday night and continuing through the week. Discoloration may occur, but the water is safe to drink, according to Water Company manager David Condrey. Dilla Street (starting at the Treatment Plant to Purchase Street) Sumner Street Cedar Street (Hamilton to Main Street) Purchase Street (Dilla Street to Pearl Street) Main Street (Hamilton to Hopedale Line) School Street Pearl Street Hayward Street and all roads off of Mount Pleasant Street and all roads off of Beach Street Pond Street Depot Street Center Street and all roads off of South Central Street Casey Drive Huff Road South Main Street to Hopedale Line All roads between South Main …
Friday, April 5, 2013
Several areas will be affected starting Sunday.
Friday, April 5
Editor's Note: the following list of streets will have water lines flushed by the Milford Water Company, beginning on Sunday night. WEEK 1: Dilla Street (starting at the Treatment Plant to Cedar Street) Fortune Blvd Cedar Street (Hamilton to Walden Woods) Walden Woods Hamilton Street East Main Street (Hamilton to Holliston Town Line) Zain Circle Whispering Pine Drive Pine Needle Circle Wild Wood Drive Prairie Street Maple Street Jencks Road Mason Drive Birch Street Medway Road Veteran’s Memorial Drive NOTE: These are the general streets locations where we will be flushing during the first week of the program. The schedule may change dependent on the progress made each night. The Company does not flush every hydrant in the system but …
Monday, March 4, 2013
The trial of Henry Papuga, former Milford Water Company manager, has been postponed again, this time at the request of the defense attorney.
A series of rescheduled court dates has pushed the start of the trial of Henry Papuga to mid-May. Papuga, the former Milford Water Company manager, is charged with six counts of tampering with environmental monitoring device or method, and two counts of making false statements. State prosecutors say he intentionally added a chemical to Milford drinking water samples in 2009, acting under pressure to resolve the problem of a two-week boil water order. Following his indictment, Papuga pleaded not guilty to the eight charges and was released from custody, pending trial. His trial has been rescheduled three times in the past four months. Jury selection had been scheduled to begin Monday, but the case was rescheduled to May 13, at the request …
Wednesday, February 20, 2013
Water service was restored at 11:30 p.m Tuesday to more than 100 customers on East Main Street, following a main break 12 hours earlier.
The Milford Water Company restored water service to its customers on East Main Street late Tuesday, 12 hours after a cast iron water main broke near the I-495 overpass. The customers affected included three business plazas, 127 residential customers and the Milford Fire Department, which lost water to about a dozen hydrants. The water flow was restored about 11:30 p.m. following an all-day repair to replace the damaged section of pipe, said Water Company manager David Condrey. The repair work was delayed for several hours because a gas utility company had to identify the location of a high-pressure gas main before workers could begin digging. A section of guardrail was removed, and a telephone duct bank also had to be relocated, Condrey …