By RICK GREEN, LACONIA DAILY SUN
LACONIA — Mother Nature was good this year to the Winnipesaukee Muskrats of the New England Collegiate Baseball League. They went an entire season without being able to irrigate their field, but this summer has been so wet that the baseball diamond remained playable.
The team won’t have to depend on charitable weather next season, as a solution to the team’s water woes is nearing completion.
The Robbie Mills Sports Complex, at 15 Eastman Road, depended on a water tower served by a water main that failed in late April.
In addition to not being able to water the field, there has been no running water for restrooms and concessions. Portable toilets were brought in.
The water tower is part of the former State School property, and the state opted not to fix the main.
The city decided to dig two wells to supply the tower and return water to the field, but it took time to get necessary permission from the state. Then the wells did not produce enough water, so they had to be fracked.
Now, all that remains is the final plumbing work and well pump installation, said Kevin Dunleavy, Laconia’s director of recreation and facilities.
“This work will be completed next week,” he said Wednesday. “The rain that we have received this summer has kept the athletic fields in good condition and we expect the fields to flourish this fall with the new water system and the cooler season approaching.”
The project will end up costing about $50,000.
Robbie Mills Field as of last May. (Courtesy photo)
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