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Canton Village Plans to Dig Test Wells Soon

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CANTON — Eager to find an additional water source, village officials expect to begin digging test wells in the coming weeks.

Village Superintendent Brien E. Hallahan said obtaining approval from the property owners of potential water sites has taken longer than expected, but should wrap up soon.

“We want to bring this to fruition,” Mr. Hallahan said. “It was put on the back burner because of the state Department of Transportation project. This is something we want to get done.”

The village’s attorney, Gerald J. Ducharme, has been finalizing agreements with the owners of five possible water sites that were identified by a hydrology firm. Those include two at SUNY Canton, two at St. Lawrence University and one near the United Helpers’ Maplewood facility.

After permission from property owners is finalized, the village will accept bids from firms interested in handling the drilling work.

Trustees agreed to allocate $155,000 in the village’s 2013-14 budget to dig a maximum of five test wells.

If a sufficient water source is found early in the process, the village may not have to dig all five wells, Mr. Hallahan said.

To proceed with building a production well, more funds will have to be allocated in next year’s budget. That amount has yet to be determined.

The village will explore other sources of funding, such as state and federal grants.

For more than a decade, the village has relied on groundwater from Waterman Hill, an upland water source about 6 miles from the village. During the dry summer of 2012, the village board decided to search for another water source that could be used to supplement the existing supply.

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