Willsboro looks to end water filtration plant Consent Order

WILLSBORO - The town of Willsboro is working on improvements to its water filtration plant in order to get out from under the shadow of a DEC Consent Order.

The order, placed April 27 by the state Department of Environmental Conservation, states the water filtration plant, located on Harold's Bay Road, has an unpermitted point source.

"We have a backwash system and the DEC wants the water going out to be filtered before it goes back into the Lake," Willsboro town supervisor Edward "Ed" Hatch explained. "We have to make that change in order to please the Consent Order."

Under the Consent Order, the town would have to pay a total of $6,000 in penalties to the DEC for non-compliance by Nov. 30 of last year. However, Hatch said there have been no formal meetings because of changes at the DEC.

"I guess our one major blessing is that the two major people on our case are now gone and have been replaced," Hatch said. "We're back to the drawing boards, really. Both sides have not done much with this, but now we are both looking to move forward on it."

Hatch said removing the Consent Order from the filtration plant has been at the top of his agenda since he was elected supervisor.

"After taking office, the issue of the Consent Order was made a priority of the town board," Hatch said in a letter to the DEC on Jan. 7. "(We will) have a plan ready in the very near future for the water plant problem."

Hatch said the town is working with Earth Science Engineering out of Willsboro to draw up plans for the improvements to the water filtration plant.

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