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NORFOLK - The bulk of the work for the town’s water improvement project is complete.

Supervisor Charles A. Pernice said the town’s new wells went online Wednesday, and the only work that remains is landscaping to cover and reseed patches of dirt unearthed when work crews put in new pipes. Some users may continue to experience discoloration in their water for the next few days due to minerals being disturbed in the water mains. Town officials say the water is not unsafe to use, but recommend users let the water run until it clears up before use.

“Residents could see discoloration or a strong smell of chlorine in their water. The water is being pushed in new direction, and it might stir up some stuff in the pipes. It should take a few days (to clear up),” Mr. Pernice said.

Mr. Pernice expects the last portions of the work to be completed by the end of spring.

Work started in September on a long-discussed, $2.55 million project for the town to meet state regulations for water quality. Crews have been replacing wells for the municipal water system infiltrated with groundwater and the aging Raymondville water tank and will “loop” dead-end lines along Hepburn, Sober, Crabb and Hutchins streets. J.E. Sheehan Contracting Corp. is completing the bulk of the work.

Mr. Pernice said there is currently $95,000 remaining in the project’s contingency fund, which the town may utilize for infrastructure repairs. He noted town officials have a “wish list,” including the construction of a fence around the Crabb Street water tower and repairs to its fire hydrants.

“In the very near future we need to decide if we want to spend that money on some of the things that we want to do,” he said.

The state’s Department of Health inspected the new wells Wednesday and made some recommendations for equipment that could be purchased with leftover contingency funds.

The Norfolk Town Council will have to make a decision by its June 10 meeting on how to allocate the leftover contingency funds, according to Mr. Pernice.

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