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Income surveys key to Ticonderoga water project

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Many income surveys, the key to grant funding for a $13.8 million water project in Ticonderoga, still have not been returned.

Many income surveys, the key to grant funding for a $13.8 million water project in Ticonderoga, still have not been returned.

— In 2009 the state Department of Health ordered Ti to replace or cover the Gooseneck reservoir, which was created in 1931. The town developed a plan to replace the reservoir with tanks, but an inspection discovered problems with the Gooseneck dam and with transmission lines.

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 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.

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 spring, according to Tracy Smith town water and sewer superintendent. Once test wells are complete, final plans will be designed to take advantage of the best water source.

Smith said the state expects an engineering plan for the project by the end of 2012. Construct will begin in 2013 and be completed in 2015.

Information on the project is available on the town website at www.townofticonderoga.com

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