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Village of Adams to continue water search

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ADAMS — The village’s lengthy search for a new, consistent source of water will carry on after the results of a new site test proved inconclusive.

The new data, revealed at a Board of Trustees meeting Monday night, focused primarily on a set of three temporary wells on village property off Route 11 near O.D. Greene Lumber.

Though the third of the three wells generated 180 gallons per minute, the highest amount that could be pumped with the temporary system, initial sampling indicated surface water contamination that if confirmed would require filtration costing hundreds of thousands of dollars.

“More treatment means more dollar signs,” said Dustin J. Clark, an engineer from Barton & Loguidice, Syracuse, who presented the data.

The other two wells had a lesser water flow recorded, with one of them also showing signs of contamination. However, Mr. Clark said the water sampling tests were not definitive and could change with further research.

With the village needing a new supply of 400 gallons of water per minute, Mr. Clark said it may not find a single “white buffalo” supply source to match that need, and may instead need to pull from multiple sources.

The board agreed the next step would be to pump a temporary well on its Countryview site, off East Church Street, which would provide more data.

“That’s the reason why we’re here,” Mr. Clark said. “Let’s get the guesswork out of it so it can be as close as it can be.”

Mr. Clark said the village would need to look into seeking new financing to pay for extended research.

Without enough members Monday for a quorum, the board will meet at 6 p.m. Monday to revisit and vote on moving forward with the search. The village will also file a consolidated funding application through the New York State Energy Research & Development Authority.

Mayor Patricia C. Sweetland said after the meeting the timing of the search meant nothing would be in place this year, and another water conservation period was likely.

“It’s an ongoing project,” Ms. Sweetland said of the water search. “It’s not ever going to be finished.”

Also in attendance were Deputy Mayor Nancy C. Murphy, Trustee Christopher J. Singleton, village Department of Public Works Superintendent Ricky J. Bisig and town of Adams Supervisor David W. Kellogg.

The meeting about the village’s long-term water prospects also required discussion about short-term fixes.

At the meeting’s start, Mr. Bisig said the pumps at the Countryview site’s already operational well failed over the weekend, and the cost estimate for the repairs ranged from $8,000 to $10,000. Money to pay for the repairs will come out of the village’s water repair reserve fund.

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