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Sackets Harbor approves spending millions to improve water facility


SACKETS HARBOR — The village Board of Trustees will move ahead with a planned upgrade of its water plant, approving more than $2 million in improvements Tuesday night that will increase the plant’s daily output by 40 percent.

When finished, the Ambrose Street facility will generate 840,000 gallons per day, up from 600,000. The increase will be made possible by the installation of an improved filtration system from Pall Corp., among other material upgrades at the facility.

Village engineer Kris D. Dimmick said the facility’s planned membrane filtration system will be the first such system installed in Jefferson County. He said similar systems are active in areas like Hudson Falls and Geneva. The new filter will replace a pressurized sand directed system that has been in use since the 1920s.

Mayor F. Eric Constance said Tuesday night that the upgrades would help support growth in the village and water districts in the town of Hounsfield.

“If we’re going to support those, we had to expand capacity,” he said. Mr. Constance noted the village had been close to its capacity the past few summers.

He said he anticipated work to begin in August and finish in October.

The 840,000 gallons per day is the largest amount of water the village had been approved to produce by the state Department of Health.

The board unanimously approved a $1,904,202 bid from C.O. Falter, Syracuse, to complete general construction including the replacement of the existing high lift pump, along with a $65,482 bid from AMP Electric, Turin, to complete electrical work. Including planning, technology and administrative costs, the total budget for the project is $2,350,000.

Funding for the project was provided by loans through the U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Development office. Mr. Constance said bids received had overshot the goal by about $53,000, which bit into the project’s contingency funds.

With the multimillion-dollar project carrying only $11,816 in contingency, Mr. Constance said, the village would request additional funding from the federal agency.

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