Who proposed this project and why has it been proposed?

Hopkinton approached Southborough with the proposal for this project. Hopkinton is making this request because Hopkinton’s current water supply sources (via wells into the underground aquifers) have become contaminated by various chemicals, and no other reasonable water supply options are available for Hopkinton. Southborough is the most practical connection for Hopkinton to the MWRA water system.

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1. What is the “Hopkinton MWRA Water Connection Project”?
2. Who proposed this project and why has it been proposed?
3. Will implementation of this project cause Southborough to “run out of water”?
4. Is the MWRA willing, and able, to provide water for Hopkinton?
5. Will implementation of this project cause Southborough residents to have unacceptably low water pressure?
6. What type of legal agreement will be required between Southborough and Hopkinton for this project? Who will create this agreement? Who must approve it?
7. Will there be a Town Meeting vote related to this project?
8. How much will this project cost Southborough?
9. What happens if Hopkinton needs “more” water at some future time?
10. Will Southborough retain an independent engineering consultant to review the proposed project? Who will pay for such a review?
11. Who has the authority to approve this project?
12. What is the plan for reviewing and (potentially) approving this project?
13. How would the process be managed/governed going forward?
14. What happens if Southborough’s need for water increases in the future? Does this project create a problem for Southborough in this event?
15. Could Hopkinton’s “contaminated” water somehow get access into the Southborough system from this project?
16. Why doesn’t Hopkinton (or the MWRA) build a direct pipeline connection between Hopkinton and the MWRA aqueduct (without utilizing the Southborough water distribution system)?
17. Why should Southborough agree to do what Hopkinton is requesting? What happens if Southborough says “no” to Hopkinton’s request for this water connection?
18. How can Southborough residents stay informed about this project and provide input to the discussion about the project?