Wilmington considers water project options

WILMINGTON Homeowners on Bonaview and Haseltine might end up missing out on new water lines. Delays in starting the water project in Wilmington are forcing the town board to consider its options, including cutting back the scope of the project. The project, currently in the design phase, is facing a cost crunch because of an increase in materials, according to Supervisor Jeanne Ashworth. The project has been in the works for over three years. The project includes upgrading the current infrastructure. A second water district, which would serve Whiteface Mountain, would be created through the project. The first water district would sell water to the facility. The water would not be used for snowmaking. Ashworth said it was a win-win situation for both the town and Whiteface. The town has the excess water to sell, and there is no capacity problem. By adding a second storage tank at Whiteface, the town would ensure enough water for adequate fire protection. Increased prices have made the town board consider its priorities. Lines on Quaker Mountain and Route 86 are priorities. The bidding process would include lines on Bonaview and Haseltine as alternatives, depending on how far the funding goes. Were going to study it very carefully, and not commit to more money, said Ashworth. The water district currently serves 452 users. The project will be funded by a $2 million grant from the Environmental Finance Center (EFC), and a $720,000 no-interest 30 year loan. Ashworth said the project would go to bid this spring.

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