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TICONDEROGA The Abercrombie Street water tank project in Ticonderoga has proven more costly than expected.

The Ti town board approved spending up to $250,000 on the repair and restoration of the million-gallon tank during its Sept. 13 meeting.

The project had been budgeted at $150,000.

The 40-foot tall tank was built in 1963. The town has been under orders from the state Department of Health to repair it since 1997.

Supervisor Bob Dedrick said once the tank was drained workers could actually see light shining through in some locations. He was told by engineers the tank probably would not last through the winter without help.

Welders have been working on the tank 10 days a day, six days a week to make repairs, Dedrick noted. The work began Aug. 29 and is scheduled to end this week.

The most visible aspect of the project to the public has been open fire hydrants in town. They are being left open to keep pressure from building in the town water system while the tank is off-line.

Water users may notice the work.

Every possible precautionary measure will be in place before work commences, Dedrick said. However, some residents may experience high or low water pressure. If you do not have any water during this period please contact the water department immediately at 585-6144 or Sue Huestis at 585-6265 ext. 10. Your water supply will continue to be filtered and chlorinated during the process.

The town is sorry for any inconvenience this work will cause, Dedrick said. However, this project is long overdue and has the full approval of the (state) Department of Health.

The project will install a tank bubbler system, install a cathodic protection system and correct appurtenances.

Ti trustees hired Dr. Uriel Oko, professional engineer, for the project.

Part of the consultants responsibilities will be to perform internal inspection and repair cracked welds, replace/patch roof and floor plates inside the tank and install the cathodic protection system that will protect the inside of the tank, Dedrick said. Visible cracks outside the tanks concrete support-ring will be patched, the tank lip caulked and exposed concrete be sealed. The consultant, working with the water department personnel, will also provide an internal freeze protection bubbler system and sterilize the tank before it is returned to service.

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