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Morristown village expects to save money on chlorinator project by keeping work in-house

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MORRISTOWN — The village hopes to keep the total cost of installing a chlorinator this spring at the base of its High Street water tower under $12,000.

Morristown Superintendent of Public Works Kevin J. Crosby said the goal of the project is to have a more even distribution of chlorine throughout the village’s water system.

In order to cut costs, Mr. Crosby told the village council at Tuesday’s meeting, the public works crew will do as much of the work as possible.

If the village were to outsource the work, Mr. Crosby said, the project would come with a $9,000 to $12,000 price tag.

Because the village plans to use its own workers for the bulk of the job, Mr. Crosby expects to keep the costs around $6,000.

Once complete, the chlorinator will be the third in the village. The others are located at the sewage plant and the water treatment plant.

The current system sees the village’s water exposed to chlorine, a disinfectant, only at the water plant.

Mr. Crosby said the village won’t have any trouble operating the new chlorinator thanks to its experience with the others.

C2AE, Canton, is the project’s engineer, and Mr. Crosby said the firm will have representatives on location to inspect the site and make final recommendations as soon as the weather allows.

The village is paying C2AE $4,000 to oversee the project.

The most difficult aspect of the project is tapping the 12-inch water main that comes out of the water tower.

Mr. Crosby said the village doesn’t have the equipment to tap the line and will have to rely on an outside source for that task.

If possible, Mr. Crosby said, the village will partner with a neighboring municipality that does have the necessary equipment, or hire a contractor for the job.

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