SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – The Springfield Water and Sewer Commission marked ‘Imagine A Day Without Water‘ with a look at the Cobble Mountain reservoir.

Congressman Richard Neal was in attendance as they overlooked a stunning body of water that supplies a quarter of a million people in the Springfield area with their drinking water.

The tour of the Cobble Mountain reservoir marks the 2022 Day Without Water. Cobble Mountain reservoir is a 22 billion gallon body of water that supplies drinking water to approximately 250 thousand people in the lower Pioneer Valley.

“We’re here today to recognize Imagine A Day Without Water, which we do every year, which is to really just to put the focus on the importance of the water infrastructure and it’s really at the core of public health and safety and all of our communities and to make sure people understand how important it is and recognize it’s value,” said Josh Schimmel, Executive Director of the Springfield Water and Sewer Commission.

The Springfield Water and Sewer Commission is undertaking a $550 million project to improve and replace the aging West Parish Filters Water treatment plant, which processes and cleans water from the Cobble Mountain Reservoir. The multi-phase project will replace buildings in the plant that are approximately 50 and 90 years old. The improvements to the water infrastructure are set to be complete by 2027.

Over 20 capital projects under the Water and Wastewater Infrastructure Renewal Program are to reduce risk, enhance climate resiliency, and improve water and wastewater service reliability.