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Town of Adams will pursue its own water source

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ADAMS — The Town Council will pursue its own water source and water treatment center in an attempt to both expand the Adams Center water district and to counteract water supply issues that have limited its main supplier, the village of Adams.

Supervisor David W. Kellogg acknowledged the move might create friction between the two municipalities.

“We don’t want to get into a battle with them,” he said. “But we have a lot of people who need water, and if there’s a way we can do that, we have to.”

The Town Council at its meeting Thursday said it will invite engineers from Bernier, Carr & Associates, Watertown, to further discuss the issue, and the costs that it will entail.

The current water deal allows the town to receive as much as 200,000 gallons per day, and Mr. Kellogg said the town averages about 85,000 gallons per day. He said he had received complaints from town residents outside of the water district limits who would like to get into the district but cannot.

The village, which has faced several drought watches in the past few years, has spent several months and tens of thousands of dollars drilling for a potential new water source within the village, with limited success.

Mr. Kellogg acknowledged that he did not have any set information on pricing or whether the town would need to hire new employees. In addition to securing a new water supply and creating a treatment center, town employees may also need to complete new training to be properly licensed for the expanded water treatment work.

“There’s a lot of stuff we have to explore,” Mr. Kellogg said.

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