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Village takes steps toward stormwater conservation

The graffiti found in the alleyways alongside Angel’s Deli and behind the Lincklaen House are actually village measurements, verifying the placement of existing gas and sewer lines. In the coming months, construction will begin on the Cazenovia Stormwater Runoff Harvesting Project, diverting water from 12 historic rooftops to recharge the village aquifer and 10,000 gallon cistern, which will soon be installed underneath Telephone Park.

The graffiti found in the alleyways alongside Angel’s Deli and behind the Lincklaen House are actually village measurements, verifying the placement of existing gas and sewer lines. In the coming months, construction will begin on the Cazenovia Stormwater Runoff Harvesting Project, diverting water from 12 historic rooftops to recharge the village aquifer and 10,000 gallon cistern, which will soon be installed underneath Telephone Park. Photo by Pierce Smith.

— Two buildings on the southern side of Albany Street, the Municipal Building and the Fallon Law Building, will route the water to Chittenango Creek.

GHD has offered to buy an old-fashioned hand pump, to be installed above the cistern. The water will be used to water the village flower baskets and planters, among other uses. While it won’t be potable, it will be available for use by Cazenovia residents. Education programs are planned to teach young students about water conservation.

The projected completion date of the harvesting project is December of 2012. Van Arnam said she hopes to have work started this year, before the ground freezes and snow falls.

More information on the Cazenovia Water System can be found at cazwater@windstream.net or by calling Charles Seager, Water Superintendent, at 655-4428.

Pierce Smith is editor of the Cazenovia Republican. He can be reached at 434-8889 ext. 338 or editor@cazenoviarepublican.com.

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