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Louisville making progress on Water District #3

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LOUISVILLE — With winter right around the corner and work for the season on the town’s water district project potentially coming to an end, town officials are asking residents who will be leaving for the winter to let them know, so the contractor can focus on installing laterals to the homes of residents who will be home all winter.

Town Supervisor Larry R. Legault said the project is about 20 percent complete, with roughly 80 homes having their water service turned on.

“We’ve been getting a lot of calls from people wanting to know if they’ll have water by this winter,” Mr. Legault said, adding that unfortunately he doesn’t have an answer to that question.

“The only thing the contractor has said is he’s going to work as long as he can,” Mr. Legault said. “Depending on the type of winter we have, he may be able to work all winter long.”

Should the town experience another mild winter, Mr. Legault said, it is possible that everyone in the project’s boundaries will have municipal water by spring.

“There are people in the town who are in dire need of it,” Mr. Legault said, adding that is why the town is asking residents who leave for the winter to let them know, so the contractor can focus on residents who will be home to use the service.

Mr. Legault said 26 miles of water main have been installed and work is beginning on the 20 miles of laterals, lines that extend off the main directly to people’s homes.

Mr. Legault said it took Marcellus Construction, Adams, approximately six months to install the main, and he’s expecting the laterals, depending on the weather, to take a similar length of time.

“Lateral work is a bit slower,” Mr. Legault said, adding that the project appears to be on track.

Marcellus Construction “wanted to have the main in by the end of September, and they might have been a week late on that, but considering the wet summer we had and some of the hard digging they had to do, I would say they met their goal and the project is on schedule,” Mr. Legault said, adding the target date for completion is May.

To contact the town office, call 769-0457.

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