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Water service restored in AuSable Acres

July 16, 2010
By CHRIS KNIGHT, Enterprise Senior Staff Writer

JAY - Water service has been restored to residents in the AuSable Acres development after three days without it.

Amy Shalton, secretary of the Forever Wild Water Company and a member of the Jay Town Council, said the company's main water pumping station has been repaired, and water service was restored to residents in the affected areas, beginning last night.

"All systems are running," Shalton said.

While water service has been restored, Shalton said a boil-water order is still in effect for residents of Iris Lane, Sawmill Drive, and the Ridgetop and Oak Hollow areas. The order will remain in effect until tests over the next two to three days show the water is potable, Shalton said.

On Thursday morning, town of Jay Supervisor Randy Douglas declared a state of emergency in the AuSable Acres development, parts of which at that point had been without water for three days.

A lightning strike around 5 p.m. Monday damaged one of the development's main pumping stations, Douglas said in a press release. The system also had a pair of significant water main leaks that may have been caused by the June 23 earthquake.

"In order for us to legally assist Forever Wild Water Co. and the town of Jay constituents who reside there, this declaration was necessary," Douglas wrote. "Due to the most recent heat wave in the northern Adirondack region, this state of emergency was of the essence."

It was unclear this morning whether the state of emergency was still in effect. Shalton said she didn't know, and Douglas was not available for comment.

With the boil order still in effect, Forever Wild Water Co. has bottled water available at their office on state Route 86, and the town also has bottled water available for AuSable Acres residents at the supervisor's office, Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Residents who need bottled water after hours should call Douglas at 569-3582 or DPW Director Chris Garrow or Deputy Director Jody Thwaits at 946-7170.



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