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Crown Point faces major water repairs

CROWNPOINT - It will cost Crown Point $2.8 million to fix its municipal water system.

The town system has low pressure, is leaking, lacks working meters and has a host of other problems, according to a report presented to the town board by the New York Rural Water Association.

Jack Dodson, engineer with Dodson & Associates, said weak pressure in the system is a major concern.

"There are old mains in the hamlet area and they're small," Dodson told the town board at its February meeting. "Small mains don't produce any pressure."

He said pressure is 50 to 60 psi in the old mains.

"It needs to be upgraded," Dodson said.

He estimated it would cost $2.8 million to repair the system.

Dodson said some of the problems could be fixed using town employees, but he noted the water department has a small staff which limits its ability to tackle major projects.

Liz Tedford, of New York Rural Water Association, also said there are problems with the town water treatment plant, which draws water from two wells at the Crown Point fish hatchery.

Todd Hodson of AES Engineering said there are telemetry issues.

"The computer at the hatchery was polling the tank site for information, but the tank was not responding," he explained. "They did have an instance where the tank had overflowed."

A temporary fix was applied, he said. But there is no surge suppression on the system.

"It's kind of like a lightning rod up there," Hodson said. "It's going to get struck and taken out."

It's a proprietary system and the town needs an open system, he said, so it can be repaired locally.

"It was going to cost $70,000 to replace that communications system," Hodson said. "We recommended the town go to a radio system."

That would replace a dedicated phone line used now that has technical problems.

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