TICONDEROGA — The latest test well is the best yet in the search for a new drinking-water source for the Town of Ticonderoga, according to town officials.
The well, located on the east side of Route 9N in the town’s Streetroad hamlet, generates 1,500 gallons per minute, which is 700 gallons more than required by state standards.
The town is contracting with hydrogeologist Claude Cormier of HydroSource Associates Inc. of Ashland, N.H., for the test wells.
“Claude found the mother lode,” Ticonderoga Town Supervisor Debra Malaney said in an email.
“We just received the water-quality tests back. The preliminary quality tests are excellent, and the quantity far exceeds the daily needs for the entire town. This is a huge success for the Ticonderoga water project.”
She said State Department of Health representatives looked at the report and told her they are pleased with the results.
“The next step is the well recharge test. If recharge is successful, then we’re on to installing the production well.”
That test will be done in the next few days, she said, with a functioning municipal well possible in 2014.
The municipal well, which Malaney said was “strongly suggested” by the Department of Health in correspondence with the town, will replace Gooseneck Pond and Lake George as the community’s main water sources.
Gooseneck and Lake George systems will still be used, she said, and will be upgraded, but will no longer be the primary drinking-water sources for Ticonderoga.
The estimated cost for the well project is $14 million, which also includes improvements to Gooseneck and Lake George to keep them operational.
Malaney said the cost to convert filtration plants at Gooseneck Pond and Lake George was more than double the cost of the well.
“We had every Gooseneck option studied and found, at today’s costs, the $30 million-plus project was unaffordable and still could not supply the entire town with water. We also studied the Lake George filtration plant as the primary and found its cost and location prohibitive.”