GROTON (CBS) – A former Groton Water Department worker has resigned after he was allegedly caught making moonshine on town property.

Groton Town Manager Mark Haddad confirmed that distilling equipment and some mason jars containing alcohol were found at the Baddacook water treatment plant last month.

According to Haddad, the setup was simple, consisting of “a hot plate, some copper wire and some bottles.”

“The biggest thing about it being in the water treatment plant, was the need for water to cool it down as you were heating up the stuff,” Haddad told WBZ NewsRadio 1030’s Bernice Corpuz.

The police became involved shortly after a plant supervisor discovered the makeshift distillery.

“That was stuff that really shouldn’t have been in the water treatment plant. It wasn’t known to the water superintendent who discovered it. We decided to have the police come down and test some of the liquid samples,” said Haddad.

WBZ NewsRadio 1030’s Bernice Corpuz reports

Haddad, who wouldn’t confirm the identity of the worker, says the case is being reviewed by police.

“We put an end to it. It’s over. The public water supply was never in jeopardy,” he said.

Comments (44)
  1. Joseph says:

    Could be the Kennedy’s are behind this new liquor running business again. It’s hard to get this sort of thing out of one’s system as I understand it. Joseph Kennedy would never have allowed them to be caught. On second thought, it could be that the Kennedy’s had this guy shut down to eliminate the competition. Needs investigating I’d say.

    1. Fly Over Country says:

      If you’re going to call someone a dumb ass you had better be certain that you’re not one yourself. If you’re going to post in public about someone’s stupidity, please spell correctly. (i.e. Reagan, Tea Party, Yeah, )

      Keep this in mind in the future.

      Dumb Ass

    2. fishbone says:

      as far i know,it’s legal to produce a small amount for family consumption. I made wine for years. he was using the water as a coolant to condense
      the booze.
      read more, opine less.

    3. 51 Phantom says:

      Fishbone, it is legal to make small amounts of beer and wine in this country, but it is NOT legal to make hard liquor for family consumption.

    4. PabloKoh says:

      Distilling wine and beer is illegal unless you are doing it to make ethanol for fuel(instead of gasoline). The Fed’s at ATF make you fill out a form and then will allow you to distill up to 10,000 gallons per year. Google “Charles 803” and stop buying gasoline.

    5. NY9Solyndra says:

      Dying lot in life? Latest Gallup survey shows Barry is even less popular than Jimmy Carter!

    6. gramps says:

      Steve Job’s started Apple in a ‘garage’…So why not start a ‘distillary’, in a ‘sewerage treatment Plant’?

      In this job fragile society, day & age we might try having people to start thinking out of the bottle, instead of the ‘box’!….He was!….they dumped him,durrr.

      Now we’ll never know how many job’s this endeavor could have produced.
      Jar makers, cover producers, the little rubber gasket for inside the cover, asprin makers!

      ‘America’s Entrepreneurial Spirit’ should not & must not be squashed!

      “WE NEED JOBS”


      1. Sandpeep says:


        Excellent comments.

    7. Bruce says:

      Wow, what a tirade. Is it past somebody’s nap time? Ah liberal’s, no thinking required just recycled emotions obtained from some bumper sticker.

    8. Joe Mama says:

      DemocRATS are the party that is dying. Don’t believe me? Stick around and watch the results of the 2012 elections.

    9. marg1 says:

      OH, goodie, another fleabagger! I actually laughed at Joseph’s comments.

      Which one are you, Regan?

      1) On welfare
      2) The recipient of taxpayer-funded grant to study how gnats and elephants differ
      3) A government union “worker”?

      You guys better hope that the Tee Party isn’t dying or your big spending days are over.

    10. marg1 says:

      Actually the Tee Party is led by Mr. obama. Obviously, I meant “Tea.”

  2. Dr. Max says:

    The real question, is Groton putting poisonous fluoride into the water?

    If they are then they are the criminals too. War criminals just as Nazi Germany or Stalinist Russia where they used fluoride in the labour camps to keep everyone docile.

    Don’t believe me, go do the research.

    1. H2O says:

      He’s correct and the video ‘Professional Perspectives on Water Fluoridation’ in the Your Health section says it all.

      Also ‘The Fluoride Deception’ there will awaken even the most fluoridated zombie.

    2. Craig says:

      Fluoridation is a giant peeve of mine. I’ve been writing to my representative and senators for years over this. There was a public comment section on the White House website, like that was going to do any good. I left my opinion and just today received this response;

      Protecting Our Drinking Water and Health
      By Department of Health and Human Services Assistant Secretary for Health, Dr. Howard K. Koh, MD, MPH and EPA Acting Assistant Administrator for the Office of Water, Nancy Stoner

      Thank you for your petition regarding the fluoridation of public drinking water. The Obama Administration is committed to protecting the health of all Americans. Ensuring that Americans have access to clean, safe public drinking water is essential to good health, which is why this Administration has made it a priority to make sure standards and guidelines for drinking water serve the best interest of the American people.

      Starting in the 1940s, communities across the United States began engaging in a public health effort aimed at reducing tooth decay. Those communities found that raising the concentration of fluoride in public water (it almost always occurs naturally at low levels) significantly improved their residents’ oral health. This practice has grown steadily and today nearly 70% of Americans live on public water systems that provide fluoridated water. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention named the fluoridation of drinking water one of ten great public health achievements of the 20th Century. For many years, panels of experts from different health and scientific fields have provided strong evidence that water fluoridation is safe and effective. The Administration recognizes the importance of fluoridation and its effectiveness in preventing tooth decay.

      The Administration also recognizes that Americans today have access to more sources of fluoride – such as toothpaste and mouthwash – than they did when fluoridation was first introduced. The increase in additional sources of fluoride has been accompanied by an overall increase in dental fluorosis. Dental fluorosis in the United States appears mostly in the very mild or mild form – as barely visible lacy white markings or spots on the enamel. The severe form of dental fluorosis, with staining and pitting of the tooth surface, is rare in the United States.

      The Administration has taken actions to maximize the health benefits of water fluoridation, while limiting dental fluorosis. In January 2011, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced important science-based actions on water fluoridation. HHS proposed that the recommended level of fluoride in drinking water be set at 0.7 milligrams of fluoride per liter of water. This new guidance would update and replace the current recommended range of 0.7 to 1.2 milligrams. Additionally, in this same announcement, EPA agreed to initiate a review of the maximum amount of fluoride allowed in drinking water.

      Our work to update community water fluoridation practices continues today. HHS is currently reviewing comments received from the public and stakeholders on the proposed recommendation. The comment period ended on April 15, 2011. HHS is expecting to issue final guidance in the coming months. Moreover, EPA is reviewing the maximum amount of fluoride allowed in drinking water, and upon completion of its review, will determine whether it is appropriate to revise the drinking water standard. More information on this review is available on the EPA website.

      The Administration is committed to ensuring that all Americans live in a healthy, safe environment. As we work to achieve this goal, we appreciate the public’s engagement and look forward to continuing to work together to ensure all Americans have clean, safe water.

      For more information about community water fluoridation, as well as information on how to prevent tooth decay and reduce the chance of children developing dental fluorosis, please visit the CDC website.

      Check out this response on We the People.

      Stay Connected

    3. jjhggf says:

      that or keep thier teeth in good health? look at the brits brown teeth.

      1. JohnBull says:

        You blithering idiot, according to the OECD Brits have far better dental health than Yanks. Listen kid, you can’t learn much about the world from cartoons and stand up comedians. Moron. (economist dot com/node/15060097)

      2. Sharon pendleton says:

        HEY Lets keep This Thread on topic. The Cops found an illegal still. At a water plant no less. So lets get back to it.—– HILLBILLIES THEY LOVE THEIR MOONSHINE!

  3. Pierre Comtois says:

    This story was originally broken by reporter Pierre Comtois for the Groton Landmark newspaper.

  4. Hickory says:

    Kickapoo Joy Juice anyone?

    1. Sharon pendleton says:

      Thanks Hickory!!

  5. Evil BuddyP says:

    Groton must be a really really boring town if this constitutes a major crime. LOL. Guy make booze – Film at 11:00. No wait, make it 9:00. We are all in bed by 11:00.

    1. jeffsmom says:

      yes it is…also a very wealthy town- ever been there?? it is very nice- so this is a major crime to them- trust me!

  6. Swamprat says:

    Joseph’s comments are right on — Joe kennedy made his SS running illegal booze.

    Republican Regan’s comments, besides being goofy, show that he buys into Obama’s socialist agenda — a dangerous fool.

  7. PATRIOT-II says:

    Is this the end of Government Support for Ethanol and Biodiesel in the United States??

  8. richie says:

    Is this town dumb. They could have excercised a terrific marketing plan to make alcohol. That would reduce property taxes.

    1. response says:

      There are many in town that still do, just not at the water treatment plant.

  9. cis says:

    sorry not end of story mr haddad . . . guy wasn’t testing and treating but making moonshine. how long did this go on? was there any contamination in the supply this yr? did it occur during the time frame the moonshine was made, result of failing to test and treat?

  10. JMWinPR says:

    The fellow was making alcohol so he could sterilize his testing equipment. The excess alcohol was going to be used to keep the system from freezing. He should be given a bonus for innovative thinking.

  11. slobo says:

    “Haddad”? Sounds like a mooslime slime ball to me who turned in a thirty year worker since he didn’t approve of moonshine. Hope Mister Haddad gets his haddad when the dust settles.

    1. L says:

      “The Haddad name dates back to the Phoenician era of the Eastern Mediterranean. People who have the last name of Haddad are often Christian whereas among Tunisians they tend to be Jewish. Haddad is the most commonly used Christian surname in the Eastern Mediterranean and Arab World. ”
      You is an inbred

  12. Kent Brockman says:

    “We decided to have the police come down and test some of the liquid samples,” said Haddad”

    Later that evening… police responded to a call of a suspicious glaze left on a fritter in a Dunkin Donuts shop. The item was taken by cops for further inspection.

  13. Cletus says:

    Distilling isn’t all that dangerous if you know what you’re doing. (using lead-free components in your still, properly removing foreshot before you start bottling the main batch, etc.) The only reason why the damn ATF cares about this is lost tax revenue.

  14. DigitalBob says:

    What’s up with employee personnel matters suddenly being fodder for national news?

  15. Uncle Fud says:

    All I want to know is whether the white lightning was any good or not.

  16. says:

    probably safer to have moonshine in the water rather than flouride

  17. Steve M. says:

    “We decided to have the police come down and test some of the liquid samples,” said Haddad”

    Forget the police, can I come down and “test it?”

    Maybe the guy was trying to take advantage of the ethanol program subsidies?

  18. Dennis in WV says:

    Get to the important part…how’d it taste?

  19. worker says:

    The big issue, tending to personal business on company time, time that the taxpayers of that town are paying for. He may have been on track to be a 30 year employee, his manager did the right thing. If he had free time to be doing that he should have been sweeping floors, washing trucks or reading meters or something work related.

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