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September 24, 2013

Village of Champlain addresses water issue

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“He has an indoor pool,” Martin said. “He turned the water on to fill this indoor pool. He turned the water on and forgot about it and went away for a few days.

“When the village crew was going around reading water meters the last time, they noticed the dial was spinning rapidly and they checked on it.”

The crew found water running profusely and coming out of the pool and going out a drain.

“It never reached the wastewater system,” Martin said. “You’re looking somewhere at 61,000 extra gallons.”

The village gave LaPlante a credit, he said.

The new policy will give the village a better handle on water usage.

“We have to monitor all that,” Martin said. “We have to check all that, not only being pumped but what is going through the wastewater system and what is going back into the river.”

LOW WATER PRESSURE

The board also continues to address the issue of low water pressure on Prospect Street. 

“We have a water tower up on the top of Prospect Hill,” Martin said. “It supplies water and water pressure for the whole village, as well as all of our town customers — Northeastern Clinton Central School, the border crossing in Champlain, so all of that.”

The closer a resident is located to the tower, the lower the water pressure.

“Because it’s a shorter run,” Martin said. “The first 14 residents on Prospect had very low pressure. Low pressure as defined as those under 20 pounds per square inch of water pressure.

“We’ve been wrestling this for a year. The (Clinton County) Health Department knows we have an issue there, and we’ve tried to address it.”

BOOSTER PUMPS

Residents were given the option to purchase an individual booster pump and place it on their systems.

“Then, after we inspected the installation, we would waive their service fees for their water,” Martin said. “It would give them better pressure and a little bit less on their water bill. 

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