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Hartford Courant, December  4, 1919




Electricity to be distributed

from Waterbury Center.


With the 1,500 acre basin behind the big Stevenson dam nearly filled with waters of the Housatonic River, the Connecticut Light and Power Company had plans yesterday to begin the transmission of electricity to Waterbury within forty-eight hours. The great power plant is already in working order and a successful test of sending power over the wires had already been mad.


One of the four generators of 10,000 H.P. each in the plant at Stevenson is already in working order, propelled by the tremendous pressure of the water behind the dam, which is the biggest in point of construction in New England.


The other three generators will be started as they are completed until the full capacity of 6,600 volts, stepped up to 66,000 volts is produced. The power is transmitted to Waterbury and from there distributed to New Britian, Naugatuck, Beacon Falls, Seymour, Cheshire, Southington and several other municipalities.


Engineers at the dam were unable yesterday to account for an article in a Waterbury newspaper to the effect that “trouble with the flood gates of the new Stevenson dam has developed and it is feared that the dam may have to be broken through to let the water out so that the gates can be repaired.”  An official of the company said yesterday that no difficulty was being experienced at the dam, and the the finishing touches were being speedily completed.

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