PORT HENRY - Forge Hollow residents can count on the Moriah town board.
That message was delivered by Supervisor Tom Scozzafava at the board's Sept. 8 meeting.
"The town board has pledged to do everything in our power to help these people," Scozzafava said. "We're going to keep working until we have a solution."
The problem is drinking water - or lack of it - for 28 families in the Forge Hollow section of Moriah.
Those people now received raw, untreated water from a village of Port Henry distribution line that runs through the area. Because the water is untreated it's a health concern.
"That line was placed there 40 or 50 years ago," Scozzafava explained. "At that time people were happy to have access to water and the village agreed to let them hook on. Now, it's a health issue."
The supervisor said the estimated cost of forming a district and getting treated water to Forge Hollow residents is $1.2 million, much more than the 28 families living there can afford.
With that in mind, the town applied for a $600,000 grant for a water project. That grant request was denied because there is no formal water district in the area, Scozzafava said.
Town officials have since met with state leaders seeking assistance.
State Sen. Betty Little has agreed to give Moriah $10,000 for a map plan and report, the first step in formally creating a water district.
Scozzafava praised Little's efforts and promised the town will continue to seeking funding for a formal water district in the Forge Hollow area.
He also credited the village of Port Henry with its cooperation in the situation. He told residents the village will continue to provide them with water until a solution to the problem is found.