The city’s Water Department is embarking on three major upgrades to its infrastructure, totaling about $26.7 million. New Britain Mayor Erin Stewart spoke to the Herald Monday about the projects, which are being funded through the department’s operating budget and loan/grant programs available to the city. City officials are applying for DWSRF funding to supplement the cost of the $24 million White Bridge Well Field and Pond Station Upgrade Project. The site in focus is owned by the City of New Britain but located in Bristol. “We’re planning to replace 32 wells that are about 100 years old with nine new larger wells,” Stewart said. “A lot of work has to be done on this site to get all of the systems up and running properly so that we are able to use it as a backup source of drinking water in the event of an emergency.” This project will include three phases, the first of which will dredge the pond, replace the wells and repair the pond station.