By LOHR McKINSTRY
---- — ELIZABETHTOWN — Ticonderoga’s water woes are close to being solved, Town Supervisor William Grinnell says.
The town’s public water system will now include a drilled well in the Streetroad hamlet, along with upgraded Gooseneck Pond and Lake George water filtration plants.
The Ticonderoga Town Council unanimously voted in favor of the tri-source plan recently, giving its engineering firm, AES Northeast of Plattsburgh, the go-ahead to design the system.
“It will start this year but take a couple of years to complete,” Grinnell told the Press-Republican.
He said the system will be able to meet the State Department of Health’s 2016 deadline to either upgrade existing surface water sources or find a new source.
The new secondary source will be the well in Streetroad, Grinnell said.
“The rig is at Streetroad,” he said. “
We’re drilling one well. Once they do that, it can go into the system in a few months.”
$13 MILLION TOTAL
The town had previously been told the cost of a groundwater system using a well would be $13.8 million, while upgrading the Gooseneck and Lake George systems would be up to $32 million.
Grinnell said they made adjustments and that the new plan will cost about $13 million for everything and will meet the state-ordered deadline. Ticonderoga so far has a $6 million state grant and a $6 million no-interest loan for the project.
The town will utilize new technology to improve the Baldwin Landing plant on Lake George, he said.
“Next, we have to put the new filtration in at Baldwin station, (and) show the DOH that’s working. Then that part of the system can be used.”
Once Baldwin Landing is upgraded, the town will renovate the Gooseneck Pond plant, he said.
The work on Gooseneck will include a new storage tank and transmission lines.
ELECTED ON PROMISE
When Grinnell took office in January, he’d been elected on a promise to residents to investigate an alternative to a well-only water system. He said many of his constituents thought water from Gooseneck Pond and Lake George was superior to well water.
He got a second opinion from Jarrett Engineers of Glens Falls and used that to come up with the tri-source plan.
Grinnell said the current Town Council should be commended for getting right to work on the alternatives, and the project should move fairly quickly now.
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