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Village plans to drill test wells in search for more municipal water


CANTON — Village officials plan to begin drilling test wells soon as they move forward with the search for an extra municipal water source.

Hanson Van Vleet, LLC, a Clifton Park hydrology firm, has earmarked two sites at SUNY Canton, two at St. Lawrence University and one near the United Helpers’ Maplewood facility.

“Within the next month we hope to have permission from those three property owners to begin digging test wells,” Village Superintendent Brien E. Hallahan said.

For more than a decade, the village has relied on groundwater from Waterman Hill, an upland source about six miles from the village.

Concerned about extensive dry periods, such as the drought experienced last summer, the village board decided to search for another water source that could be used to supplement the existing supply.

Trustees agreed to allocate $155,000 in this year’s budget to dig a maximum of five test wells.

“We would like to have a site closer to the village,” Mr. Hallahan said. “Now, if there is a line breakage it could take two or three days to fix.”

Having a second source provides a cushion for years that are particularly dry, Mr. Hallahan said.

Once permission is received from property owners, the village will request proposals from firms interested in drilling test wells to determine the volume and quality of water.

Depending on the outcome, the village may not have to drill all five test wells.

“We might find two or three good wells and stop there,” Mr. Hallahan said. “Our objective is to find a well that produces 200 to 300 gallons per minute.”

In order to proceed with building an 8-inch diameter production well, the village will have to allocate more money in next year’s budget.

“That will be phase three of the project,” Mr. Hallahan said.

The two SUNY Canton sites are on the northeast side of campus near the Martin Tract, a residential housing area. The two sites at SLU are south of the soccer field near the Grasse River. The Maplewood site is north of the facility near State Street Road.

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