Genesee Tunnel

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Genesee Tunnel
Overview
Location Madison, Connecticut
Coordinates 41°22′30″N 72°37′07″W / 41.3749°N 72.6187°W / 41.3749; -72.6187
Start Hammonasset Reservoir
End Menunkatuck Reservoir
Operation
Operator South Central Connecticut Regional Water Authority

The Genesee Tunnel is an underground water pipeline operated by the South Central Connecticut Regional Water Authority (formerly the New Haven Water Company), part of the Authority's source water distribution system. Its main inlet is housed in a small brick building on the shore of the west fork of the northern end of the Hammonasset Reservoir on the Madison, Connecticut-Killingworth, Connecticut town line. The tunnel runs westward about 5 miles to a pond sometimes known as Menunkatuck Reservoir which is on posted Water Authority land (41°22′41″N 72°42′47″W / 41.378°N 72.713°W / 41.378; -72.713) in North Guilford.

The tunnel runs partly across a section of Water Authority land known as the Genesee Recreation area, located northwest of the intersection of Route 79 and Route 80, which is covered by 9 miles of hiking trails and is the site of the historic "Little Genesee Settlement." In this section there are two additional smaller inlets where the tunnel crosses beneath Dowd Hollow Brook and Iron Stream, consisting of simple iron grates covering pipes in which the ground water drains into the underground tunnel.

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