TICONDEROGA — The town is very close to locking in a new drinking-water source for the community, Ticonderoga Town Supervisor Debra Malaney says.
The second of two test wells has been drilled off Route 9N in Ticonderoga’s Streetroad hamlet.
“As of (Friday), the initial water quantity tests are very, very encouraging,” Malaney said. “We’ll know more in a week or so when the water quality tests come back.”
It’s important to keep in mind it’s a test well, she said, not the final commercial well that would have to be drilled to supply the public system.
UPGRADE OR NEW SOURCE
She said the state has mandated that a groundwater source replace Gooseneck Pond and Lake George as the town’s primary water supply.
The alternative would be to upgrade facilities at Gooseneck and Lake George, but that would cost more than drilling a well, Malaney said.
“The total cost to bring the Gooseneck system back into compliance as the primary source is estimated to be $32 million, along with much needed repairs to the Lake George system,” she said in an email.
“The infrastructure for these sources is no longer in compliance with new state and federal requirements, and the State Department of Health is requiring the town to either upgrade these facilities or look for a new source of water.”
The state has mandated that the new groundwater source or the mandatory upgrades be completed by 2016, she said.
Malaney said the town has pursued groundwater for the town’s needs as a cost-effective alternative to making major improvements to delivery of the existing sources.
The first test well drilled in the Streetroad hamlet showed adequate water production, while the second one just sunk has even greater potential, she said.
Some Streetroad residents have expressed concern that a community well there could reduce the amount of water they get from their residential wells, but Malaney said the town’s engineers have assured them that won’t happen and there is an adequate supply for all.