WARRENSBURG -- A new municipal well is now producing an ample supply of pure, clear water, and town officials want local citizens to take notice.
As town officials heard the latest production data from the well at their monthly meeting Feb. 12, town Supervisor Kevin Geraghty urged the public to conduct a taste test and see what the recent water system upgrades have accomplished.
“Our town water is now crystal clear, there’s no odor, and I’m proud of it,“ he said, noting the 75-feet-deep well is now producing 190 gallons per minute of pure water. “Our engineer is happy about it too.”
The new well was connected and put into service in mid-January. The wells on Library Avenue near the town recreational fields and the one off the end of Swan St. -- thought to produce water containing minerals that discolored the water and affected its taste -- were disconnected.
Further improvements to the water system are pending -- the board voted Wednesday to purchase the variable speed pumps, one for each of the town’s water wells. When started up, these pumps don’t run full-tilt like conventional well pumps. Instead, they slowly increase their speed. The change is expected to decrease the wear on the entire water system, stabilize water pressure, and eliminate the hammering that often occasionally in the water lines, Geraghty said.
Another primary benefit of the new pumps, water system superintendent Tom Belden said, is that the pumps are likely to save the town taxpayers 20 percent on electricity costs.
The board accepted a bid of $29,241 from the Chazen Companies to plan and design a new town park on the banks of Queen Village Pond where the Warrensburg Board & Paper plant once stood.
The board also voted to hire a second crossing guard on Library Avenue near the Warrensburg Elementary School. The cost for the position is funded by the Safe Routes to School grant.