Water worry

Mayor Bob Green suggested at the Oct. 25 Village Board meeting that the director of Municipal Operations-Bob Lotkowictz, the village engineer consultant from Stearns and Wheeler, the village board members and the village's municipal board get together for a face to face discussion concerning water issues.

The village is coming down to the wire on the purchase and installation of an ultra violet water disinfection treatment system to kill possible bacteria, such as Cryptosporidium in the water supply.

Once this system is installed, the village will be able to store more water in their tanks.

The village is looking at thee manufacturers, Calgon (most expensive), Severn Trent (mid range) and Trojan (least expensive), but can't quite get a handle on which is the more appropriate system, especially after visiting a recently installed Trojan unit in Jordan. Stearns and Wheeler engineers accompanied village officials on the visit. Lotkowictz said they would have oriented the units vertically, which is the intention for the system in Skaneateles. In addition, the Jordan unit was still not up and running and the municipal board is still weighing the different systems maintenance requirements and subsequent costs.

The village is also pricing chlorination systems. Presently this is being handled by the city of Syracuse, but this may end.

Village attorney Mike Byrne said, it is important to give the village the ability to monitor our own chlorination, "especially if the city gets out of it."

Meeting attendee and former board member, Cliff Abrams asked if Skaneateles plans to add fluoride to the water supply if the city stops treating the village's water.

Mayor Bob Green said, "Cliff brings up a good point."

The municipal board has made this recommendation, but to date, nothing has been decided.

In addition to the village's changing waterworks, the town is looking into what to do with its reservoirs. The town supervisor Terri Roney has been in contact with Lotkowictz, testing the water so to speak, in order to identify any consolidation of waterworks that would benefit both entities.

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