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Adams finds progress in water search, still short of goal

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ADAMS — Testing at a pair of well sites has shown some positive signs for the village’s search for water, but not enough to meet its water production goals.

The two sites, one at Route 11 near O.D. Greene Lumber and the Countryview site, off East Church Street, generated approximately 170 gallons of water per minute. The village is looking to generate about 400 gallons per minute for the fall, when water levels traditionally are lower.

“It is a step in the right direction,” said Dustin J. Clark, an engineer from Barton & Loguidice, Watertown, who discussed the findings with the village Board of Trustees on Monday night.

Also encouraging, Mr. Clark said, was testing that showed that no further filtration was needed for water from the two sites, which if necessary would have led to much higher costs for the extraction of the water.

Trustee Christopher J. Singleton asked whether the village should wait to find a larger water source or go with the water already discovered. Mr. Clark said the village should proceed at the two sites, given the village’s water shortages.

“The reality is that’s not enough,” Mr. Clark said. “If you have an issue it will be really bad.”

Village Department of Public Works Superintendent Ricky J. Bisig told the board that he had a very small margin of water production to meet current needs before there would be problems and that he was hoping for multiple days of heavy rain to help build up the village’s water reserves. He said this year the conditions have been dryer than in previous years.

The board Monday night unanimously approved authorizing $9,000 to go with $21,000 left over from previous work so that engineers can try four bore holes at three sites on the eastern side of the village on non-village property. The board stipulated that the authorization was pending an agreement being made with the owners of those properties for the village to test there.

The Route 11 site produced about 160 gallons per minute on its own, but at the same time reduced the production of a nearby infiltration gallery, leaving a net production gain of about 110 gallons per minute. Mr. Clark said that the reduction in water production at the infiltration gallery was only for the dryer fall months and that the gallery would return to producing about 600 gallons per minute in the summer.

The Countryview site generated about 60 gallons per minute.

“It’s not a white buffalo, but it’s 60 gallons per minute,” Mr. Clark said.

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