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Leyden water district making progress

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TALCOTTVILE — It’s been in the works for two or three years, but the fine-tuning of contracts still is needed in the town of Leyden before more progress can be made on the formation of two water districts.

“The piping is already there; people are already getting water,” town Supervisor Rosalie E. White said.

The residents receiving that water are considered “outside users” when they receive water from a village in which they do not reside.

The town has formed one district with the village of Lyons Falls and one with the village of Port Leyden, which supply water to approximately 36 homes altogether.

“At any time the state could say (the villages) can’t supply water outside the village limits,” Mrs. White said. “I’m sure at some point they will.”

Not only will the water districts allow the current water users to continue to receive village water; it closes a loophole for the villages to collect water payments.

Currently, if a village water recipient fails to pay a water bill, the amount owed is added onto his village tax bill.

An outside user does not pay village taxes, leaving the village with few resources to collect the debt.

After the two contracts with the villages are finalized, a public hearing will be held to pass a local law approving the districts.

Mrs. White said those contracts will include which municipality or homeowner is responsible for maintenance of parts of the system.

Once completed, the town will receive a bill from the two water suppliers and pass that bill on to the customers.

“We will tack on a small cost for administration and for a reserve for maintenance and testing,” Mrs. White said.

The new district also will allow for potential new users.

“It’s possible if someone were to move in they could join the system,” she said.

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