INDIAN LAKE - Thanks to a hefty federal grant, Town of Indian Lake residents may once again be drinking contaminant-free water in the coming months.
In late 2004, the New York State Dept. of Health concluded that surface runoff was infiltrating one of the primary underground water systems in town.
In 2005, the town received $2 million in grants from the U.S. Dept. of Agriculture and an additional $1.2 million in interest-free loans to build a filtration plant designed to remove manganese and iron, among many other contaminants from the Indian Lake water supply, officials said this week.
"We are really pushing this," Indian Lake Supervisor Barry Hutchins said Monday. "The pilot study is done and construction will likely begin this coming construction season."
Hutchins said that the town has installed four new water supply wells over the last three years. The filtration plant will be the final step in cleaning the system which supplies water to a large portion of the community.
"The town board continues to work with all of the associated parties to not only keep this project on schedule, but to get the best final product that will serve the community well into the future," Hutchins said.
Over the last four years, Indian Lake has conducted a pilot study with the State Department of Health to assess the best methods of removing the potentially harmful contaminants from the water supply. The pilot study was completed in Dec. 2008 and the design and construction of the filtration plant can begin as soon as weather permits.
Officials said that they expect to start accepting bids over the next few months.