School board approves emergency pipe repair project

Leak on Emory Avenue one of five in village water system

— One part of a 150,000-gallon water leak in the village water system has been identified to be coming from a pipe on Cazenovia school property, causing the board of education on March 10 to approve an emergency repair project at a cost of about $60,000.

The water main break, located under the small employee parking lot adjacent to Emory Avenue, is estimated to be leaking up to 30,000 gallons a day, most of which is running into the village sewer system.

“This is something we need to address immediately,” Bill Furlong, assistant superintendent, told the school board during its March 10 work session.

The village department of public works has been investigating the gradual increase in water usage – and probable leak(s) -- for the past month, although the actual source of the leaks were only identified recently, said DPW Director Bill Carr. Carr had previously reported to the village board at its March 3 meeting that he knew there were leaks in the system but not where they were occurring.

The village had New York Rural Water come in with listening devices three weeks ago but they could not find the leak, he said. After that, the village asked New York Leak Detection to investigate with its higher-powered equipment, and they found five leaks in the system, including the Emory Avenue leak. The biggest leak was on Burton Street, which the public works department has already fixed, Carr said.

The Emory Avenue leak is in the same spot as a previous leak that caused a two-day school closing at the beginning of the 2012-13 school year, Furlong said.

Because the leak is on school property is the district’s responsibility to fix it, although the village is cooperating and participating in the fix by offering to incur some of the cost and have its DPW crews do the digging to unearth the pipes, said Superintendent Bob Dubik.

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