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ADAMS — Continuing its search for a water source of its own, the Town Council heard some preliminary options of where it may be able to look for a new supply.

On Thursday night, a handful of areas of interest were highlighted on a map presented to council members. Among the options discussed were areas of Route 11 to Michaels Road, including a well that has been used by Adams Country Club, and portions of the town along County Route 69.

Corey G. Reid, an engineer at Bernier, Carr & Associates, Watertown, who discussed the options with the council, said the uncertainty of finding a water source can make such a search at times feel like “rolling the dice.”

“At least this gives us a start if we want to continue,” he said.

Supervisor David W. Kellogg also told council members he had been floated an offer to receive water from Sackets Harbor by its mayor, F. Eric Constance. The village recently has been developing its water resources to expand its output.

However, Mr. Reid estimated that with each foot of water main priced at $100 to $120, connecting the two municipalities could cost millions of dollars.

The town has sought its own water source after years of shortages from the village of Adams, its main supplier. The village also is searching for an additional source of water, and at the meeting it was noted the village is testing two more sites within the next week.

Mr. Kellogg has said in the past that he has received complaints from residents outside of the water district who are interested in becoming connected but are unable to do so.

“I don’t think anybody wants to throw the village under the bus, but we have to have a better guarantee of water so that we can expand,” he said.

The council will meet to learn more about its options at 1 p.m. Jan. 16 at the town and village office, 3 S. Main St.

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