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Village tests potential wells

December 21, 2010
By JESSICA COLLIER, Enterprise Staff Writer

TUPPER LAKE - The village Water and Sewer Department is in the process of testing a potential source for village water.

Village crews have been looking for a place that has enough ground water to supply the village's water customers through one or multiple wells, which would backup or replace the water treatment plant on Maddox Lane. They did initial testing on a variety of sites that didn't pan out, until they tested a site on Water Street.

The more intense testing being performed now will decide for sure whether the well site is viable.

The pump test started at noon Monday and will run 72 hours, ending Thursday, said village Water and Sewer Superintendent Bob Fuller.

Contractors are pumping 425 gallons per minute out of the potential well source and discharging it into a sewer effluent line, Fuller said. Every hour contractors monitor the ground water level to see how much the levels have changed.

"As of this time it seems very favorable that we're going to have a lot of water there," Fuller said.

In a few weeks, the contractors will have a recommendation based on their readings from the testing, Fuller said.


Contact Jessica Collier at 891-2600 ext. 25 or



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