Facing a state mandate, the town of Ticonderoga is about to begin a comprehensive water system upgrade. Town officials hope to replace the existing water system, which draws water from Lake George and Gooseneck Pond, with a series of wells.
continued Gooseneck was designed to serve the entire town, but over time demand exceeded Gooseneck’s capacity. In 1965 a Lake George water supply was developed for emergency use. Eventually Lake George water became necessary to meet daily demand.
During the most recent inspection the state also found problems at the Baldwin Road filtration plant that handles Lake George water.
At the urging of state officials, Ticonderoga then began to considering an upgrade of the entire water system, utilizing groundwater sources. Preliminary engineering studies have identified five possible aquifers in Ticonderoga that could be water sources, Taylor noted.
At its October meeting the town board authorized bonding up to $2.7 million to search for groundwater. It’s hoped $2 million of that will come as a state grant.
Facing a state order to have a new water plan in place by Dec. 31, the town plans to begin test well drilling this fall. Once test wells are complete, final plans will be designed to take advantage of the best water source.
“The key is finding groundwater,” Taylor said. “Other towns have had good success with groundwater — Saranac Lake, Malone. The engineers are confident we’ll find an adequate groundwater supply.”
Assuming water is found, the project will begin in the spring and be completed in July 2015.
Taylor stressed the new project will address Ticonderoga’s water needs for years to come.
“We’ll try to be as comprehensive as possible and deal with a multitude of issues,” Taylor said. “For years the town of has kinda kicked the can down the road. Well, there’s no more kicking the can.”
Supervisor Deb Malaney agrees the town needs to address its water issues.
“This is the most viable option,” she said. “We’ve been struggling with our water system for years. The Department of Health order is probably a good thing; it’s made us face the problem.”
Tyler and Malaney said there will be a series of public information meetings and hearings as the project progresses. Information on the project is also available on the town website at townofticonderoga.com